Humans 3.0: Happiness in charity

Some poor countries are top givers, meaning that money doesn’t always equal happiness.

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Giving Happiness:

We’re almost at the end of this special 10-part, chapter-by-chapter preview of my new book, Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species.

If you’re still unconvinced as to whether you want to buy it, check out this review on TechCrunch or this interview with Charles Adler on AM680 Winnipeg. And if you’re not sure where to getĀ either the paperback or e-book, I’ve got you covered.

Today, we take a look at chapter nine, “Happiness: It’s Always Sunny in Costa Rica,” which poses the question: Is technological advance making us happier?

Ultimately, that’s really the only thing that matters, right?

The earlier chapters of Humans 3.0 build the case for how technology weaves inextricably into our financial lives, both by driving the economy and by determining the types of jobs we’re able to do.

Jobs and money are incredibly important to our individual and collective happiness levels, but there’s good evidence that suggests these factors are only part of it.

AnotherĀ major factor that happiness researchers – yes, there is such a thing – give weight to is charity; the more people give, the happier they tend to be.

It would stand to reason, then, that people in richer countries have more to give than those in poorer places, and for the most part that’s true.

But there are some outliers to the trend. Here’s a fun chart that compares the top 10 charitable countries, according to the World Giving Report (2012), with gross domestic product per capita:

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Most of that list is rich countries, so what the heck are relatively poorer Indonesia and Paraguay doing there?

It’s turn out there’s a twist on that old saying that money can’t buy happiness. It can indeed buy quite a bit of it, but money isn’t the only route to a happy life.

Who’d have thought there’s more to life than just making money?

Tomorrow, we touch on how humans as a species may finally be realizing this – and why that really makes us Humans 3.0.

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