In essence, Roy Romanow, and the project he speaks for, have asked that question of a nation. How are you doing, Canada? How are you really doing?
The answers, in the inaugural report by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), are as complex as human relationships and society, as unsettling as anxiety and injustice, and as simple as whether or not we're having any fun.
For too long, says the former Saskatchewan premier and chair of the CIW advisory board, countries have relied on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the measure of their peoples' welfare. Though useful, it has limits. Mankind does not live, after all, on the production and export of widgets or microchips alone.