living standards

GDP is a crude measure.
The big deal in this chart is human welfare, how we compare globally.

This is a ‘welfare metric’ combining data on consumption, leisure, inequality and mortality. It’s not a Happiness & Satisfaction GDP, but compares what we have that helps us get by.

[pdf] Beyond GDP? Welfare Across Countries and Time, the work of Peter Klenow with Chad Jones, September 2010.

Maybe we bellyache a wee bit much.