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New Zealand’s government has a radical new plan: Prioritizing happiness

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New Zealand’s proposed “well-being budget” could change the way that countries measure strength.

Instead of focusing on financial growth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government released a budget at the end of May that prioritizes the happiness of citizens.

The “well-being budget” lists five priorities: mental health, family violence, clean energy, digital innovation, and supporting indigenous peoples.

Over $1 billion (or 1.9 billion New Zealand dollars) is earmarked for improving mental health services in the country over the next four years, with around $500 million devoted to battling depression and anxiety........

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