Notice how the countries that are in the bottom 15 on this list also have some of the highest standards of living?
I think your barkin up the wrong tree here? the standards of living in at least 9 ,of the top 15 ,are actually as high or HIGHER than ours. With the Netherlands Germany Switzerland, and Sweden leading the charge.
I find the netherlands to be the most progressive free country in the world not to mention has a rich history and culture