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#53 Inventing and Implementing a “Happiness GDP” with Micah Kaats

Very excited to bring this conversation with my brother to the podcast. Micah is currently working at The Happiness Research Institute developing an alternative to GDP that focuses on happiness, well-being and quality of life instead of profit. We discuss what happiness means, how it’s measured and how it might be implemented. We also discuss the current state of the world and how our upbringing has informed our worldview. From living in different countries for most of our adult lives, to what it was like to be siblings, to being raised in an unconventional household, we both share our insights on how we’re each trying to live authentic, individuated lives in a culture and a world that pressures us to conform.

Find out more about Micah’s work at The Happiness Research Institute here and find his music on Spotify under Meeka Kates.

Micah’s Book Recommendations: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Songs featured: “I Saved The World Today” by Eurythmics and “Closure” by Meeka Kates

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