How Do You Fare on the HappyPlanetIndex?

Today, I visited the to check it out because my father, creator of, asked me to. My country, Sri Lanka has achieved a happy place on the index. That makes us both happy!

According to the website, “the HPI is an innovative measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. It is the first ever index to combine environmental impact with well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which country by country, people live long and happy lives.”

Now the second compilation of the global HPI (covering countries representing 99% of the global population) was published in July 2009. It shows that that we earth-citizens are still far from achieving sustainable well-being. It also puts forward a vision of what we need to do to get there.

As the report says, the nations that top the Index aren’t the happiest places in the world. But, those that score well on the HPI are proof that it is possible to achieve long, happy lives without over-stretching the planet’s resources.

I am committed to sustainable living. So I wanted to sign The Happy Planet Charter. This is what I found at the top of the page, and how true:

The future is not the result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
John Scharr

In order to create a happy planet, it is important to have some clear goals to work towards. The Happy Planet Charter provides clear targets for all nations, to help achieve sustainable well-being.

You should sign The Happy Planet Charter if you believe that:

  • A new narrative of progress is required for the twenty-first century.
  • It is possible to have a good life without costing the Earth.
  • Over-consumption in rich countries represents one of the key barriers to sustainable well-being worldwide and that governments should strive to identify economic models that do not rely on constantly growing consumption to achieve stability and prosperity.

And those of us who believe so, should call for:

  • Governments to measure people’s well-being and environmental impact in a consistent and regular way, and to develop a framework of national accounts that considers the interaction between the two so as to guide us towards sustainable well-being.
  • Developed nations to set an HPI target of 89 by 2050 – this means reducing per capita footprint to 1.7 gha (global hectares), increasing mean life satisfaction to eight (on a scale of 0 to 10) and continuing to increase mean life expectancy to reach 87 years.
  • Developed nations and the international community to support developing nations in achieving the same target by 2070.

Please sign up for the Charter here if you believe in achieving sustainable well-being for all of us around the globe.


Learn Lolspeak— teh furst language born of teh intertubes

Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma
that all things were created to serve man.
– Paul Gray

And why? Because dogs have owners and cat have staff! That is why.

Also, the reason why I dont have a cat, is perfectly expressed by Dan Greenburg when he says:

“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because
cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.” 

Now you know.

However, I do need a cat dose once in a while. And so I turn to the most perfect, cat-worthy and wonderful site on the intertubes:

Lol Cats on I Can Haz Cheese Burger!

Please visit this site, be entertained and learn Lolspeak — “teh furst language born of teh intertubes”.

The rest of the time, I get my cat doses from the much maligned Pootie Diaries on DailyKos.

And why does this post belong in Mindculture’s blog? Because, as Napoleon Bonaparte said, there is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

“A home without books is a body without soul.”

“A home without books is a body without soul.”
– Cicero

How well I agree with Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman lawyer, writer, scholar, orator and stateman who lived between 106BC-43BC.

I am eternally grateful to my parents, Nihal Dissanayake and Vijayalakshmi Wansaratne for fully subscribing to Cicero’s idea. They gave me a home full of books. And I guess by extention, a body with a soul. The books I read, more than anything else, made me what I am. 

And I want to share some of that legacy with the world. This is why I started the First Chapters Project back in 2005 on However, starting this week, I started an entirely new blog dedicated to first chapters of Sri Lankan books called SriLankaBookChapters.

This is an invitation for all of you to visit this blog.

I wish you all Happy Reading! Leave a comment there for the book chapters you enjoy and inspire the writers from Sri Lanka

If you need more quotations on reading, visit this page on ThinkExist, from where I got the Cicero quotation.