We measure gross domestic product because we believe that the higher our GDP is, the better life will be in our country, and the happier we will be as citizens. The problem is GDP is not a good measurement of well-being.
Will America heed the happiness call, buttressed by increasing research into the causes of happiness, and set a new public and personal agenda in this country, namely greater attention to increasing our happiness and decreasing our misery?
What is unique to modern America is that our hopefulness comes with a price tag that no other culture has ever been willing to pay. It comes at the expense of reality and the medium of exchange is our spirit.