GDP vs. a life worthwhile

“{GDP} measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

What makes life worthwhile? According to Kennedy in his 1968 speech, a long list of intangibles:  health, education, play, joy, poetry, beauty, strong marriages, intelligent public debate, integrity, wit, courage, wisdom, learning, compassion, devotion.

While the GDP places the focus on money and the fulfillment of material needs, the intangibles are what feed your soul. And make a life worthwhile. But what are they for you? What makes life worthwhile for you? What would you measure to determine if you are on the right track to a good life?

The amount of laughter in your days? The number of hugs you enjoy? Chats with friends? Walks in nature? Times you played catch with your dog? Your child? A stellar sunset you watched? Mastering a new skill? The moments that life took your breath away?

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