I'm looking forward to the film showing on Saturday, 3pm. The Economics of Happiness . More info at the bottom of this page.
There's a lot of thinking going on these days about what really makes us happy, and what's really important in life. Some articles I've come across...
Conversation Leads to Positive Connections by Cecile Andrews
Interest in “happiness” is exploding! Book after book talks about new research. There’s an outpouring of international interest in Gross National Happiness, measuring progress in terms of the well-being of people and the planet, not just Gross Domestic Product.
Why this new interest? There seems to be a sense of urgency, a feeling that we can’t just go on in our same, old ways. We know that people and the planet are in deep trouble.
And much of that trouble can be traced to our confusion about happiness. Our mistaken belief that lots of money brings happiness has meant that we’ve stood by as profit-without-principle became our country’s chief goal.
We’ve accepted the greed and devastation to people and the planet because we believe that someday we will be rich and, therefore, we’ll be happy.
But neither is true. We’re extremely unlikely to get rich, (there are very few rags-to-riches stories these days), and after a certain point, more money does not bring greater happiness.
What does? Social ties — friends and family and community; a feeling of safety and security because we know that we belong, that we’re cared for, that we will not be left alone and abandoned. There’s little of this in our cutthroat economy...
Surprise! After almost a century of rampant consumerism, the traditional wisdom is making a comeback. In the UK last month, there was a media rollout for the Action for Happiness. The leaders are not monks or hippies, but Lord Layard, a British economist, Geoff Mulgan, the former director of policy under Tony Blair, and Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College and biographer of Mr Blair. The Dalai Lama is a supporter. The link above takes you to further links on Energy Bulletin of numerous articles in the British press.
Sustainable Seattle's Happiness Initiative
Learn about Seattle's application of the Gross National Happiness model and download the toolkit!
The Economics of Happiness - The Movie
‘Going local’ is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves
Film Review by Rob Hopkins
Running for 65 minutes, it is certainly a very well-produced film which crackles along with good pace. There were never any moments when my eyelids began to feel heavy or my attention drifted elsewhere. The film builds its case against globalisation patiently, its centrepiece being 8 arguments against globalisation. It doesn’t pull its punches. Globalisation makes us unhappier, less skilled, less socially connected, was only made possible because of huge subsidies from governments, is catastrophic in terms of climate change and reduces food security (among other things). This is not a film that seeks to give a balance to both sides of the argument, it has a case to make and it makes it very well...