What makes you happier, beer or kittens?

When I was a younger man I used to drink a lot of beer, but then so did everybody I knew. Well, everybody in the pub at least. And I thought that drinking beer would make me happy. Gradually over the years though it seemed to make me less happy - until one day I realise it was actually making me miserable.

A happy world

We'd all like to live in a world where most of the people are happy most of the time. It would be a nice world, full of cheerful optimism and generous spirits. I know it sounds like a utopian dream but just try and imagine for a moment what the world would be like if all of the unhelpful negative people you met in your daily life were optimistic, friendly and helpful... Ah, I can almost hear the birds singing!

self interest v the common good

Just watching panorama about devious ne'er-do-wells screwing money out of the property market and it occurred to me that these people are actively engaged in wrecking society but they don't care because they think it won't affect them. Take the money and run, possibly to Panama. But we're all living in the world together and if civilization breaks down then it breaks down for everybody.

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