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    Human happiness is a surprisingly well researched and politically almost completely ignored subject. Some interesting findings about happiness. It seems to be very connected to how level the playing field is for any given nation. The US has severe inequity in its economic playing field and also a vast disparity between the 1% and the 99%. Venezuela has been working on bringing their economic disparity under control and leveling their playing field. Not surprisingly this has worked to make their citizens happier. Some interesting things are linked to this economic disparity. Here is a brief list:

    Murder rates
    Crime in general
    Obesity
    Teen pregnancy
    Drug use
    Mental health issues

    In other words, even if you are part of the 1% economically, if you live in a country with high economic disparity, you are more likely to be obese, isolated, and a victim of crime. In truth, even the 1% in the US would benefit (although not economically) from a more level playing field and a happier population.

    For more on the research check out: Equity Trust.

    De air is de air. What can be done?

    by TPau on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 03:38:59 PM PDT

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