AMERICAN NOTES: Gross National Happiness

Even as the U.S. nears the venerable age of 200, there lingers the colonist's sense of style lost, of some fragile wine of culture that did not travel well to Plymouth Rock and Jamestown. 'Europeans know how to live', goes the American cliché. Many Europeans might quarrel with that assertion, but there are nonetheless the beginnings of an instructive debate on preserving and enhancing life-styles in the Old World. It turns on the concept of what some call the bonheur national brut, or gross national happiness, an index of the quality of life.

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