The Economics of Happiness and Building Genuine Wealth

We all know that money can’t buy you love…or happiness. But we have been living our lives as though the accumulation of wealth is the key to our dreams. North Americans have never been wealthier, but over the past 50 years our increasing prosperity has hardly made a dent on our happiness while many conditions of well-being are in decline.

So why do our measures of economic progress not reflect the values that make us happy: supportive relationships, meaningful work, a healthy environment and spiritual well-being?

Economist Mark Anielski has developed a new and practical economic model called Genuine Wealth, to measure the real determinants of well-being and help redefine progress. In his book,The Economics of Happiness he explains:

  • How economics, accounting, capitalism, and banking, which dominate our consciousness,
    can be reoriented towards the pursuit of genuine happiness.
  • How to rediscover the original meaning of the language of economics.
  • How to measure Genuine Wealth, which consists of five capital assets: human, social,
    natural, built and financial.
  • How nations, governments, communities and businesses are using the Genuine Wealth
    model to build the new economy of well-being.
  • How you and your family can apply the Genuine Wealth model in your own lives.

Anielski’s road-map towards this vision of flourishing economies of well-being will resonate with individuals, communities and governments interested in issues of sustainability and quality of life.


Nautilus AwardMark’s book won the 2008 gold medal in the Business and Leadership category at the Los Angeles Nautilus Book Awards. Nautilus Book Awards Silver and Gold Winners annually to authors who are carefully selected in a unique three-tier judging process by experienced teams of book reviewers, librarians, authors, editors, book store owners, and leaders in the publishing industry.

The book won the bronze medal at the 2008 Axiom Business Books Awards in New York in the category of Economics. The Axiom Business Book Awards are the largest and mmedals1ost respected critical guidepost for business books in today’s new world of publishing. These prestigious and competitive awards are presented in 22 business categories and serve as the premier list to help readers discover new and innovative works. Axiom Award-winning books help readers understand changing trends and technologies affecting the business world and point out opportunities in the complicated new economy.