Measuring Happiness

Nov 30, 2010 1 Comment by

Prime Minister David Cameron insists that his £2m plan to measure the nation’s happiness is not “woolly”.

However, happiness, like love is intangible. In fact, people often have different interpretations of both. Some people are happy just to breathe fresh, clean air whilst others are hell bent on acquiring their next million.

Pre-requisites for happiness?

  • money
  • property
  • job satisfaction
  • family and friends
  • health
  • quality of life
  • Many people are lucky enough to be able to tick ‘all the above boxes’ but still confess to not experiencing happiness.

    Measuring happiness is a futile exercise. Consequently, it’s foolish to spend £2 million of tax payer’s money to do this.

    Politicians know exactly what to do to enrich the society they serve. Just doing some of the following could inevitably engender a feeling of well-being for millions of people.

  • reduce benefits for people able to work
  • do more to equalise society through fairer taxes
  • improve public services – like public transport
  • protect individuals from the greed of multi-nationals
  • reform education for primary through to university students
  • promote healthier lifestyles and improve hospitals
  • Happiness is hard to measure but paradoxically, it is easier to measure misery and despair. It is also easy to calculate how many homeless people could be fed for a whole year for £2 million. If a soup kitchen, feeding the homeless, spent £10 per head per day, guess how many people could be appreciatively fed.

    The simple formula looks like this;

  • £2,000,000
  • 365 days
  • £10 per head
  • 2,000,000 / (365 * 10) = 547
  • Lifestyle, Society

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