Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, Sustainable Well-being, The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2013, Pages 1 ( Abstract: When people think about how to move our societies towards sustainability, they usually think simply about reducing our collective environmental impact. But the related question, of how human well-being can be produced more efficiently, is often ignored. Modern economic systems are disastrously inefficient ways of producing well-being. The vast majority of people in rich countries live at historically unprecedented standards of comfort and luxury. Yet between 10 and 25 percent of their populations suffer some form of mental illness each year as measured by the World Health Organization (WHO) standard diagnostic questionnaires. Rates of violence, drug abuse, self-harm among teenage girls, and many other problems are also appallingly high. And all this is achieved at levels of material consumption so damaging to the planet that climate disruption is already estimated to be causing several hundred thousand deaths a year. That well-being has parted company with per capita income in … Topics: Inequality