Happiness index appears to be seriously flawed

nteresting article on Page 3 on Thursday, April 5, 2012, regarding the Gallup organization’s attempt to measure happiness levels in various countries. I am an American retired and living in Costa Rica. I travel to the States periodically to see family, and I communicate with friends and family in the States daily. I read both Costa Rican and American news media daily. I have regular visitors from the States in my home.

As a caveat, I am neither a statistician nor an expert on survey methodology. But you don’t have to be an expert to see that any survey instrument that ranks Costa Rica behind the U.S. in happiness is seriously flawed and not to be believed. All you have to do is observe people in both countries to see that, these days, the U.S. is a very unhappy place — even for the Americans who have much more money to spend than the population here.

Rob Rowntree

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