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Canada's premiers are wasting thousands of hours annually stuck in traffic jams - when already paid-for Canadian Army Griffon helicopters are sitting idle. Continue reading…
Europe at a crossroads and it's time to make some decisions. Very conveniently however, there are really only 3 problems with Europe. Continue reading →
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Failed coup d'état in Turkey: On Friday, July 15 at 19:29 GMT, both bridges that link Turkey to Europe were closed by the Turkish military.…
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The June 23, 2016 UK referendum results show 52% of citizens voted to 'Leave' the European Union, while 48% voted to 'Remain' in the EU.…
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The synergy of the 'Good Economy' is that the individual's pursuit of happiness is directly related to productivity, the bottom line & GDP growth. Continue…
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by John Brian Shannon | Apr 3, 2016
I’m glad we live in a world where more than one country has a Minister of State for Happiness.
In contrast, the absence of a reasonable level of happiness means that all of our striving would ultimately prove to be in vain. It would be an unsustainable world where people spend their entire lives ‘fighting the good fight’ only to receive little or no reward at retirement and at points along the way towards retirement.
Why Hope for happiness? = Why Try? + Why Work?
Workers in the former Soviet Union used a phrase to illustrate this point; “As long as they pretend to pay us, we will pretend to work.”
And so, due to a lack of national happiness (caused by economic hardship) eventually the whole corporation formerly known as the USSR, collapsed.
The example of the former Soviet Union should serve as a warning to leaders of every country that the final and most profound metric for human beings is happiness — everything from worker productivity, to corporate profit, to the ambient level of law and order throughout a given society, to the success of our entire civilization — all of this hinges on the happiness metric.
So far, only Bhutan with their decades-old Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, the UAE, Venezuela, and the United Nations have given this profound societal element any serious consideration.
Very recently, the state of Madhya Pradesh announced that it will be the first state in India to create a Department of Happiness.
We employ ‘reverse engineering’ to our study of (all states of) matter in the universe, to the study of time, and to the study of the various lifeforms on this planet — shouldn’t it follow that we use reverse engineering to study and measure the societies and cultures within our civilization?
By ‘working it back’ regardless of the (pro tempore) results, Bhutan, the UAE, Venezuela, and the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh gain a huge and ongoing advantage by exploiting the data from the most profound human metric of all — Happiness!
Isn’t it interesting that the ‘Happiest Nations’ also lead the world in so many categories, including productivity, per capita income, the arts and sciences, and quality of life.
- A Quantum of Happiness (Project Syndicate)
- Jim Krane discusses UAE’s new Ministry of Happiness (Al-Jazeera America)