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Don’t confuse Life Satisfaction with Happiness

Source: Mike Jay’s 2008 Forecast

4. Happiness, and  compassion  is reconsidered as Religion returns to main street

This is a theme continued from my 2007 forecast because it is so leveraging to the throws of mankind. People will take refuge in religion and the idea that complexity will be managed by the mystical, mysterious and spirits will fuel the return the religion by large numbers of people.

  • Religion will re-aggregate the lost sheep. People will return to religion to belong in tougher, more uncertain times. If the current crisis (fall of 2008) is as severe as it appears to be, it will wipe out the standard of living of most of the middle class as we know it, returning the middle class back to the fifties–and a different approach to life.

  • However, there is some evidence to indicate that striving for greater incomes continues to drive increased happiness, so the idea that happiness is directly related to something other than your income, may be a fallacy. Perhaps religion will replace income as the determinant of one’s happiness vector?


Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an attempt to define quality of life in more holistic and psychological terms than Gross National Product.

The term was coined by Bhutan‘s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972 in response to criticism that his economy was growing poorly. It signaled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values. Like many moral goals, it is somewhat easier to state than to define. Nonetheless, it serves as a unifying vision for the Five Year planning process and all the derived planning documents that guide the economic and development plans of the country.

While conventional development models stress economic growth as the ultimate objective, the concept of GNH claims to be based on the premise that true development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other. The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.

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MAY 29, 2009
The Happiest Salary
According to this year’s Harris Poll Happiness Index, 39% of Americans who earn between $50,000 and $74,999 a year say they are happy, making them the happiest of all income groups. If you take out that middle-income group, money does improve the probability of happiness. More people who earn over $75,000 say they are happy than do those who make less than $50,000.
Source: The Harris Poll

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