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Sacrificing happiness for development

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I happen to agree with the adage that money alone can't buy happiness. So why do development policies seem to focus on economic growth with little consideration given to quality of life, social stability or public happiness? 

Phra Ajarn Mitsuo Gavesako says economic growth does not necessarily coincide with moral development or social happiness.

A Gallup poll taken worldwide last month showed that Thailand ranked among the top in terms of citizens with positive attitudes, based on questions such as whether they were well-rested, smiled or laughed frequently or felt feelings of enjoyment. The Land of Smiles ranked sixth overall out of 148 countries, after Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

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