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Old 03-10-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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"Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson explains why it's equality, and not high income, that makes a society thrive. "

What Makes the Healthiest and Happiest Societies? Hint: It's Not Wealth | Personal Health | AlterNet
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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The last survey I saw Louisana ;one of the poorest states; had the happiest population.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The last survey I saw Louisana ;one of the poorest states; had the happiest population.
It's interesting to note that the less well off the people the more they depend on each other the happier they will be.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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We are supposed to be social. We aren't supposed to become monks hidden away in front of our TV sets and computer monitors and earbuds. We evolved or were designed (your choice) to need other people for support and for relaxation. It's the reason that movies seem funnier in the theater than at home. It's why even if we resists social events we have fun when we finally go. It's why our ancestors spent their dark winter months having parties and celebrations rather than staring at the fire and moping about the rain.

The more gadgets that you have that come between you and other people, the less happy you are going to be.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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The more gadgets that you have that come between you and other people, the less happy you are going to be.
A lot of gadgets these days help us stay connected.

Ie, this forum.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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A lot of gadgets these days help us stay connected.

Ie, this forum.
But this forum isn't going to be there to watch your kids after school if you are late or get into an accident. The forum isn't going to see you hanging new gutters and offer to help, nor will it show up at your door with something to eat if you suffer a loss. It isn't going to keep an eye on your house when you're on vacation, or make sure that your trash cans get to the curb if you forget to bring them out.

The forum is great, and online communities can be wonderful places. But there is a difference between staying connected online or sharing a meal together.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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The forum is great, and online communities can be wonderful places. But there is a difference between staying connected online or sharing a meal together.
This is known as the "Human Community" that fill a need all humans have for other humans company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communi...uman_community

Our modern day life styles strip much of the humanness away from our lives that we all miss but just don't get that we miss it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Strong social connections, number one, then:
A feeling of contributing
Enough food
A dry roof
Laughter and joy

And as I learned from the cited article, a feeling of equality regarding sharing of wealth and resources. Guess that's why so many Americans are unhappy--with good reason, it would seem.

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Old 03-14-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: CA
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Default Income distribution

Well, this part of the article made me MORE THAN A LITTLE nervous........

"What we've learned is that the real quality of life for all of us now depends on improving the social environment, and that we have a policy handle on how to do that. It's not that we all need to have more therapy to try and make us nicer people. INCOME DISTRIBUTION , an issue government or big corporations can do something about, really affects the psychosocial well-being of the whole society. But we can't just rely just on taxes and benefits to increase equality—the next government can undo them all at a stroke. We've got to get this structure of equality much more deeply embedded in our society. I think that means more economic democracy, or workplace democracy, of every kind. We're talking about friendly societies, mutual societies, employee ownership, employee representatives on the board, cooperatives—ways in which business is subjected to democratic influence. The bonus culture was only possible because the people at the top are not answerable to the employees at all." (Page 3 of article)
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An excellent book on the topic of happiness is, 'Happiness is a serious problem' by Dennis Prager.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." JOHN ADAMS

It may do us well to 'get some religion', or at least regard it again, instead of stamping it out everyplace we see it, ie, The 10 Commandments, In God We Trust, One Nation Under God, etc.... then, 'government', and I believe less inequality and more happiness, may come from the inside (of people) instead of needing more government or laws on the outside of people; and I'd rather govern from the inside - our character.

Religious and moral people (by in large) tend to trust more, commit less crime, feel less victimized, be more generous, etc -- indicators the author sites as evidence of unhappy societies. I would challenge the author to compare USA today to USA 'back when' and see if he sees similar stats. For example, the (first) Great Depression did not see widespread crime. Why not?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.....
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