It's heart warming to see so many people getting out and about and doing something to change the world. Unfortunately, I can't help feeling that they are campaigning for the wrong thing!
Listening to the today programme on radio 4 this morning I heard a story about how we should test kids in PE to make sure they are getting fitter. And I thought, well, hey, why not teach them about what makes people happy - and then test how happy they are - and then see if we can make them happier.
Which is either crazy, or a brilliant idea which will happen pretty soon! Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
I've just been watching Question Time, and the general public seem to be hostile to the idea that the government should be concerned about their happiness. "What a waste of money" seemed to be the general feeling.
I was just looking through books about happiness on Amazon when I stumbled across a link to a Google sponsored talk by one of the authors:
It looks like David Cameron has been reading this site, he's announced a new index of well being for Britain - GWB, General Well Being as opposed to GDP. This is how The guardian reported it.
And how is this for quite an amazing quote from a Conservative Prime Minister...
"Taking part in gardening can make a child feel happy and boost their development, research suggests."
Of course, we already knew that, but here is yet more research to back it up!
I saw this news story on the BBC News site the other day:
Mary Portas (a retail expert) is concerned that the domination of supermarkets is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life - "Portas said she believed communities were being sacrificed for convenience."
Very often in life I am disappointed by the way some of my fellow humans behave. People can be very nasty, devious, scheming etc and I always feel like they are letting down the species. However, I am reminded of something comedian Rob Brydon said "Now, with any moral dilemma I always ask myself, 'What would Rod Stewart do?'". Well actually, it's not that similar, but it's a bit similar.. I have started to imagine that the bad behaviour is being done by monkeys - and miraculously it doesn't seem so bad.