As Brexit in the UK and the Arab Uprisings in Egypt have shown, rising GDP doesn’t do a very good job at predicting unrest because money doesn’t equal social wellbeing. That’s why research organization Gallup has been measuring people’s perception of their own wellness/happiness in 140 countries for 13 years—polling them on things such as their stress levels and whether they feel treated with respect. Last week, Gallup launched an online hub called the Global Happiness Center, sharing all its data on nations’ comparative wellbeing, and hoping to identify flash points before they start.


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