The OECD's floral motif graphics display the complex mix of factors that go into an emotionally successful country.

What does it take to have a truly happy lifestyle? Definitions differ among people, and it's about time that we had a happiness index that takes into account the varying values of people using it. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), which has helped governments design better policies for their citizens since 1961, has just unveiled a new website that allows you to weight quality-of-life factors in various countries in precisely this way, breaking down the data it's collected on its 34 member countries into factors and sub-factors that you can explore using a nifty new chart system. Your personal idea of the Better Life Index might include any prioritized mixture of Housing, Income, Jobs, Community, Education, Environment, Civic Engagement, Health, Life Satisfaction, Safety, and Work-Life Balance.

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