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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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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your input. A smile is worth so much!
Thanks for this. Money seems to underpin many things we base our happiness on.
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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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.
Thank you for a detailed answer, full of interesting thoughts.I guess money and happiness are always going to be related in some fashion.Vows of poverty - religious ones- are less common nowadays!
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.
Thanks for a thought provoking answer.
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.
Any country and cultures have their share of facts and figures sociology-economic-political issues in certain and varied degrees. There's no such thing as one culture is better than another because all people are valid so is culture.
OK thank you for your reply. Money=quality of life! We know where you stand!
I value honesty. After all, you won't be very happy if you don't have money to pay for a roof over your head, medical care, or utilities. People say health but good health also costs money for foods/clean water, health info, Dr. checkups/care, etc.
But, while money can buy comfort, it can't buy happiness. There are obviously a great many things wrong with this world, that people need money in order to find comfort. I think our problem is more than just skin deep.
AMEN and in TOTAL, UTTER AGREEMENT! PREACH ON!
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?
hummm...again it depends...friends can also bring happiness in our life and they are loved ones because they are FRIENDS....its just point of view.
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.
Interesting that you don't mention material things at all but base your quality on emotional ties to other people, regardless. Thank you.
JThomp42 is so right about peace of mind, and we depend on material things, of course. It's just that I would get little pleasure out of "things" if I couldn't share them.
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.
I like your final quote, there's something pure about it! Thank you for participating, and may peace be with you.
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!
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.