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WHEN ASKED, THIS IS WHAT 97% OF PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED IN LIFE…. HAPPINESS. ARE WE TOO BUSY TO BE HAPPY ?. Research shows that as a nation we are no happier today than we were in 1950 Many people see increasing work pressures as a contributory factor

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Happiness

WHEN ASKED, THIS IS WHAT 97% OF PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED IN LIFE…

HAPPINESS


Are we too busy to be happy

ARE WE TOO BUSY TO BE HAPPY?

Research shows that as a nation we are no happier today than we were in 1950

Many people see increasing work pressures as a contributory factor

People are more liable to be mentally ill now than at any time in the past

(rising violence, youth suicide and substance abuse can be seen as symptoms of this)

Prescriptions for anti-depressants have doubled in the last 10 years


Can we measure happiness

CAN WE MEASURE HAPPINESS?

Most people are surprisingly happy most of the time

Most people think they are happier than the average person

Individuals differ in their levels of happiness, but these levels are very stable across the lifespan - suggesting inheritable genetic factors

Big events (deaths, winning the lottery) only seem to affect happiness for 6-12 months


Can we measure happiness1

CAN WE MEASURE HAPPINESS?

Age, sex, race, income, nationality and education appear to have a marginal correlation with happiness

Hungry, diseased or oppressed people in developing nations tend to be less happy

Once these people reach a certain calorie intake and physical security, further increases in material affluence don’t affect happiness very much


Happiness league tables

HAPPINESS LEAGUE TABLES

  • The UK came 24th in the world happiness league table

    (The desire for material goods is seen as a ‘happiness suppressant’)

  • The UK came 6th in the European Life Satisfaction index

    (Denmark is top!)

  • The UK came 108th in the HPI

    (Happy Planet Index - constructed by the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth - ecological footprint divided by life satisfaction and life expectancy)


Happiness and geography

HAPPINESS AND GEOGRAPHY

  • The happiest people in the world are either NIGERIANS (subjective assessment) or the South Pacific Island of VANUATU (HPI - Happy Planet index)

  • 4 out of 5 of the happiest nations are in Latin America

  • The least happy nations are Russia, Armenia and Romania


Happiness at work

HAPPINESS AT WORK

Percentage of people saying they are happy in their work…

  • Hairdressers 40%

  • Clergy 24%

  • Chefs 23%

  • Beauticians 22%

  • Plumbers, mechanics, builders 20%

  • Florists, fitness instructors, care assistants 18%

  • Media 16%

  • DJs 13%

  • Teachers 8%

  • IT specialists, lawyers, estate agents, accountants 5%

  • Architects 2%

  • Social workers 2%


How can we make ourselves happier

HOW CAN WE MAKE OURSELVES HAPPIER?

90% of us say we rely on MUSIC to make ourselves feel happier

Psychologists think that we make ourselves LESS HAPPY by seeking wealth and material possessions

(AFFLUENZA is the contemporary virus of always wanting what you haven’t got)


How can we make ourselves happier1

HOW CAN WE MAKE OURSELVES HAPPIER?

Many ‘Happiness Experts’ argue that it is the quality of our relationships with others that make us happy

Paul Jenner (author of ‘Teach Yourself Happiness’) argues that we can go beyond our ‘genetic set point’ or predisposition to happiness


The happiness workout

THE HAPPINESS WORKOUT

  • Make a note of 3 things that went well and why each day

  • Imagine & write about your best possible self in 10 years time

  • Write someone a thank you message

  • Identify your strengths and aim to use them in new, creative ways

  • Commit 5 random acts of kindness each week

  • Be more physically active

  • Don't think too much

  • Watch less TV (and be 30% happier)


Happiness

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

(Albert Schweitzer)


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