Happiness is the life satisfaction

29 Feb

I can’t get no satisfaction (Mick Jagger)

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”. Since my cousin disseminated this sentence via Facebook I immediately made it my maxim for every day life starting from now. Happiness as strange as it could appear is not only the topic of philosophers or spiritually minded people (like my cousin) but also of very pragmatic scientists in the field of a very harsh specialty, namely the economy not to mention political science. Reading the paper here below referenced in the work consulted list I discovered that there are numerous countless means of measuring happiness, of which not the less strange appears to be the duration of authentic or so-called Duchenne smiles. A Duchenne
smile occurs when both the zygomatic major and obicularus orus facial
muscles fire, and human beings identify these as genuine smiles (see Ekman,
Friesen, and O’Sullivan [1988]; Ekman, Davidson, and Friesen [1990]).

Another absolutely non poetic mean is of course the electroencephelogram measures of prefrontal brain activity.

I even learned that it does really exist a World Database of Happiness for over one hundred countries computerizing and data mining the responses answered by a handful of Guinea-pigs to two definitely simple questions entitled very rationally Q1 and Q2:

Q1. Three- step happiness—example from the U.S. General Social Survey (GSS): “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days—
would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy?”

Q2. Four- step life satisfaction—example from the European Eurobarometer Surveys: “On the whole, are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with the life you lead?”

I wonder how the European Quality of Life Survey [EQLS] indicators would perform if the questionnaires were now administered in the streets of Athens or Valencia.

Works consulted:

International Evidence on Well- Being

David G. Blanchflower

http://www.nber.org/chapters/c5059.pdf

 

Gross National Happiness

http://www.gnhbhutan.org/about/

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