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  •  Thanks for this Justina, not only the discussion (16+ / 0-)

    of the happiness scale (which, the UK gov't stopped talking about soon after taking power unsurprisingly given its construction) and a discussion of why the US for all its wealth and power is not producing happy citizens under an examination of happiness most certainly constructed for those purposes. oops ...

    quite honestly chasing the dollar to constantly cover your existence, having no job security, no housing security does not make for happy people ... we want more to life ... we only live once honestly! Thank for this great discussion!

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 03:23:00 PM PDT

    •  First UK results published February!! (4+ / 0-)

      Far from it being forgotten, the UK government had commissioned the Office of National Statistics to devise measurements of wellbeing. The results of a preliminarty trial survey were published in February this year which interestingly showed those over 65 to have the greatest life satisfaction and being "happy yesterday"

      Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 03:55:35 PM PDT

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      •  Interesting, I have not heard them talking about (3+ / 0-)
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        it on the bbc recently and I listen to it all the time; wonder how happy those over 65 will be feeling due to the granny tax that this government is putting in? I know that the disabled elderly are not particularly happy as carer services are being cut all over London and those in care homes are in quite a mess.

        I can assure you that once the rest of the austerity measures put in by this gov't come into play (and I believe that was a few days ago) that the happiness scale for the UK will be dropping like a hot potato; unless of course they fudge the stats ... having spent quite some time talking to people in the east end of London, we are not looking at a secure population and that is before the majority of the measures bite.

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 04:03:13 PM PDT

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