Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Britain is the 18th happiest nation in the world, coming below Israel, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates, according to a new World Happiness Report by the UN.
First World Happiness Report (download PDF), commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness (mandated by the UN General Assembly). The report, published by the Earth Institute and co-edited by the institute’s director, Jeffrey Sachs, reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy. It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.
Let's look at the actual report - available here:
The realities of poverty, anxiety, environmental degradation, and unhappiness in the midst of great plenty
should not be regarded as mere curiosities. They require our urgent attention, and especially so at this
juncture in human history. For we have entered a new phase of the world, termed the Anthropocene by the
world’s Earth system scientists. The Anthropocene is a newly invented term that combines two Greek roots:
“anthropo,” for human; and “cene,” for new, as in a new geological epoch. The Anthropocene is the
new epoch in which humanity, through its technological prowess and population of 7 billion, has become
the major driver of changes of the Earth’s physical systems, including the climate, the carbon cycle, the water
cycle, the nitrogen cycle, and biodiversity.
The Anthropocene will necessarily reshape our societies. If we continue mindlessly along the current
economic trajectory, we risk undermining the Earth’s life support systems – food supplies, clean water, and
stable climate – necessary for human health and even survival in some places. In years or decades, conditions
of life may become dire in several fragile regions of the world. We are already experiencing that deterioration
of life support systems in the drylands of the Horn of Africa and parts of Central Asia.
On the other hand, if we act wisely, we can protect the Earth while raising quality of life broadly around the
world. We can do this by adopting lifestyles and technologies that improve happiness (or life satisfaction)
while reducing human damage to the environment. “Sustainable Development” is the term given to the
combination of human well-being, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. We can say that the
quest for happiness is intimately linked to the quest for sustainable development.
Do you need to read any more?
The Happiness Index is published by the Earth Institute and declares that "happiness is intimately linked to the quest for sustainable development. "....
I guess that why I'm so miserable. Let's look at a random video of miserable people having a miserable time:
And we haven't even mentioned beer...