Britains first Measure of Gross National Happiness

Read the BBC take on it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18966729

"People who are married, have jobs and own their own homes are the most likely to be satisfied with their lives"

Whilst Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian is a little more circumspect:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/24/happiness-index-poli...

"Lying beneath all this is a philosophical conundrum about happiness: that aiming for it often makes it harder to achieve"

Although his USP is his opinion that self help techniques don't work.

The ONS has produced the following press releases 24/07/12:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/wellbeing/measuring-national-well-being/he...

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/wellbeing/measuring-national-well-being/su...

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/wellbeing/measuring-national-well-being/wh...

Which looks to me like too much for most people to read - do we need a simpler measure, something more like GDP? This measure only helps us if we can all see clearly what is happening.

Now I guess I have to find the time to read all of that before I am really allowed an opinion of it's contents - and with a job, a house and a wife, that's not going to be easy!

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