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How do you measure quality of life? Through : Money? House size? Family? Environment? The Arts?


Scientists tell us that, if you can measure it, you can make sense of it. Politicians are always banging on about economics. Does having more money make us happier? If the answer is no then why is our society built on the principle of profit, individual and corporate? Are poor people always unhappy? Can happiness be measured? Do you measure your quality of life against that of your friends, family, neighbours? What's the most important thing in life?

 

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    It's true - how we value and communicate with others, especially those close to us, is crucial for maintaining strong foundations for happiness.Thank you for this.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    What interesting ideas. Joy is inherent in humans or based on upbringing and material comforts? I'm glad you mentioned credit and the illusive nature of accumulating things.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    An eloquent and well grounded answer - in a complex world the fundamentals hardly change - healthy families sharing laughter and care. No politician or scientist would dare to measure these qualities.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 3 years ago

    Thank you for your input. A smile is worth so much!

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Thanks for this. Money seems to underpin many things we base our happiness on.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Thank you for this interesting reply. I am always puzzled because the politicians who run our systems often use facts and figures to measure the happiness of society or a nation. How did this arise I wonder?

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    H C Palting (Express10) 3 years ago

    I can certainly agree with you. Quality of life does GREATLY depend on money in our money based society, whether it's a home, education or investments you need money.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Some great points - the memories cannot be measured because they are uniquely subjective - yes, we can hoard material wealth but it's what we do with it to create positive energy that counts.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Thanks for a thought provoking answer.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Yes, it's impossible to quantify happiness yet our western political systems exploit us with their facts and figures. I see very poor people in the favelas in Brazil. They fight for their right to live yet seem happy. Great answer.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    OK thank you for your reply. Money=quality of life! We know where you stand!


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    A thoughtful answer. The politicians tell us we need more money, better this that and the other. The system pushes us on in material terms yet what is more important than friends, loved ones for happiness?


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Delayed - apologies. You sound like a faithful friend;that kind of friendship is impossible to measure I grant. What puzzles me is the political speak of our systems (measured economically) versus love, friendship (which can't be measured). Thanks.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Interesting that you don't mention material things at all but base your quality on emotional ties to other people, regardless. Thank you.


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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Valid point. If you're sound in mind and body you can do more things for others and that feeds into a positive cycle. Thanks for the answer.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    I like your final quote, there's something pure about it! Thank you for participating, and may peace be with you.

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Many thanks, interesting response. It's how we understand happiness that is the key? Some people love precious objects but, like King Midas, find that there's more to life than gold alone!

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    Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) 4 years ago

    Thank you. I hear politicians who run our systems say 'more money and materials if you vote for me'! Yet as humans what we crave is love and friendship,immeasurable things, no matter the system we're born into.