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 ; Ekman, Davidson, and Friesen ).
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.
International Evidence on Well- Being
David G. Blanchﬂower
Gross National Happiness
- City dwellers are ‘least satisfied’ people in UK (independent.co.uk)
- Traits most likely to predict life satisfaction and high achievement: (natalializon.wordpress.com)
- Helpful daily routines increase life satisfaction (psyconomics.com)
- Seniors show greater life satisfaction than young people, study suggests (sciencedaily.com)
- Why You Should Smile in Your Facebook Profile Photo (readwriteweb.com)