Why is happiness and living a good life so close to my heart?
In the last 50 years, across Europe and North America (and elsewhere in the developed world), average income has steadily risen, whilst average happiness has flatlined.
The gap between the rich and the poor is widening. This correlates with lower average mental wellbeing / happiness.
We have more wealth, more possessions, more technology, more access to information, than ever before. And yet we are no happier.
In the UK, depression and anxiety amongst teens and young people have steadily increased over the last decade. 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems each year. And it is far from given the recognition it deserves. It is also not talked about nearly enough. The stigma attached needs to be gotten rid of. We’ll all be much better off for that.
Whether you have a mental illness, or have average mental health, or even ‘good’ mental health – you can improve! You can move up the scale.
Happiness is within our control.
The current notion of ‘success’ is somewhat flawed.
‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is inherently bad for us; social comparison is doing us no good. Facebook and Instagram are wonderful tools, and yet they can act as a profound source of unhappiness.
As individuals, as groups, as societies, we can all move up the scale. Given the right knowledge, and awareness, we can all become happier.
Science and wisdom, from the Western and Eastern hemispheres, are increasingly showing us the way towards a better life.
We can all focus on the things, on the experiences, and on the people in our lives that truly matter to us.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Happiness is the ultimate currency.
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