Friday, January 21, 2011

Illustrating that Wealth + Growth does not = Happiness

I was playing with a cartogram depicting the shape and size of countries by wealth and fast-growth and happiness this morning as the newscasters agonized over whether the US or China is the largest economy.

For readers who didn’t have time or the interest today to open the links in an earlier blog, here are some images captured from a FedEx cartogram that may signal why as Americans we may need to pay more attention to our heart and less to our ego.Wealth

Consider first an image to the right morphing the depiction of country shapes by wealth vs. actual size.

The second image, below, shows the shapes proportional to fastest-growing and below that,Fastest Growth

the third image shows the shapes proportional to happiness (yes, even happiness can be measured.)Happiest

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