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Gross National Happiness

IN THE HEART OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION, economist Simon Kuznets developed Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a standard measure of economic activity to track the economy’s recovery during that time. GDP represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period. Kuznets warned the United States Congress against expecting GDP to answer the most important questions for a country, stating: “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP.”1 GDP is an economic indicator, not a measure of national well-being.

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This is our 25th anniversary year, and with our new January/February 2016 issue we present a seminal piece by Amy Berger, MS, NTP, that presents clear research showing how Alzheimer’s disease starts with consumption of too many sugars; this impairs glucose metabolism and leads to plaque in the brain. Next Katrina Blair extols the virtues of the edible “weed” purslane. Bruce Weinstein, PhD, in “Patience,” shows the remarkable benefits patience reaps. Mike Dow’s feature, “Digital Distraction & Mindfulness,” suggests that constant connection to digital devices has an overall deleterious impact, and he offers delicious mindfulness practices to help improve quality of life. Ann and Ross Rosen discuss the importance of moderate exercise in daily life, and Shannon McRae explains how energy medicine as nature’s assistant is much more powerful when the receiver’s intention is in alignment with that of the healer’s. Finally, Laura Coffey tells the story of a special nursing home companion, a loving golden retriever named Rocky, and his positive impact on the residents. We present all of this in our first issue of the year, and more than we can mention, including a plethora of scintillating research notes.