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
WHEN ASKED, THIS IS WHAT 97% OF PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED IN LIFE…
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?
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
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
(The desire for material goods is seen as a ‘happiness suppressant’)
(Denmark is top!)
(Happy Planet Index - constructed by the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth - ecological footprint divided by life satisfaction and life expectancy)
Percentage of people saying they are happy in their work…
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)
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
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.