Australia: the happiest place on earth?
Australia has taken the top spot on the OECD Better Life Index as the happiest country on earth for the third year running, ahead of 35 other OECD countries. But why are we seeing an increase in the number of Aussies being treated for depression? Why do 1 in 3 of us work overtime? And why are we drinking more alcohol than what is recommended?
How should we define happiness? Are we happy? What leads to lasting happiness?
Panellists Mark McCrindle, Thubten Chokyi and Ross Gittins ask if Australia is indeed the "Happiest Place on Earth".
Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international renown for tracking emerging issues, researching social trends, and analysing customer segments.
Ross Gittins is a political and economic journalist and author, known for his "ability to make dry, hard-to-understand economics and economic policy relevant".
Thubten Chokyi is International Director of the Liberation Prison Project, and Spiritual Program Coordinator and teacher at Vajrayana Institute in Sydney.
These videos were recorded on July 31 and August 1, 2013.