This month, our office for national statistics will spend a considerable amount of time, money and effort assessing the happiness of 200,000 UK families. However, Professor Martin Seligman, inspiration for a new commodity – gross domestic happiness, has changed his mind.
Searching for a better, more meaningful index the psychologist believes his original ideas have been watered down, devalued, and left bereft of the intended integrity by polititians. “Flourishing”, his new buzz word, consists of five components: positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and accomplishment.
Not alone, many scientists are now showing genuine interest in the training of the mind, becoming more sensible people, putting value in the utilization of human intelligence to transform emotion. They emphasize the achievement of inner peace for a better world and recognise its dependence upon giving happiness to get happiness. Following the banking crisis and subsequent fall-out, it is perhaps the time to challenge the major proportion of humanity that follows material values only.
In all our efforts, our charitable giving, our work time and family time, perhaps the easiest thing is to listen to each other, give loved ones our time and attention. Helping them along the road to a healthy inner mental state; human happiness and genuine satisfaction cannot be bought with money or taken by force. No wonder polititians are attempting to package it in these austere times.
I genuinely believe by providing a responsive service and high quality product to our clients, we are inducing positive emotion, encouraging engagement, space for positive relationships and well-being, a sense of meaning and accomplishment. How many other product based businesses out there have refined the balance between customer satisfaction / high quality products with the bottom line profit margin? By and large, the effect reflects a happier and more satisfactory experience all round.
Tomorrow, His Holiness the 14th Dalia Lama (by invitation from Children in Crossfire, Afri and SpunOut.ie) will attract thousands of people together in Dublin for the POSSIBILITIES 2011 civic summit. It aims to inspire people, young and old, to become vocal and active in transforming our country and our planet for the better.
Honoured guest, His Holiness, said,“One can be very rich, materially, but deep inside: stressed, worried, insecure, lonely. Not in a religious way, just share with your friends the value of an inner healthy mental state. Scientists emphasize achievement of inner peace and a better world is dependant upon giving happiness. Everyone has the right to achieve a happy life.” Learn more about the NI charity, patroned by the Dalai Lama.