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Happiness is having a job, and the salary doesn't matter
Telegraph ^ | 01-10-2011 | Tim Ross

Posted on 01/22/2011 8:06:14 AM PST by bronxville

Having a job is more important to people than how much they are paid, according to the first official inquiry into what makes Britons happy...

...The Prime Minister launched the programme in November, in an attempt to create a broader measure of Britain's success than the performance of the economy.

Mr Cameron said governments had a role in helping people "feel better" and that the national wellbeing index should help politicians and wider society "build a better life".

Paul Allin, director of the wellbeing project at the ONS, said the initiative would combine objective data, such as crime, employment and life expectancy rates, with subjective measures, such as fear of crime, job satisfaction and self-reported health, to give "a more complete picture of national wellbeing".

"We want to encourage people to tell us what matters to them," he said.

"The more responses we have to the debate, the more realistic a picture of the UK we will have."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: serfdom; ungland
Lower pay will make us happy.
1 posted on 01/22/2011 8:06:16 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville
Mr Cameron said governments had a role in helping people "feel better"
2 posted on 01/22/2011 8:08:36 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: bronxville
“doesn't matter” won't pay my mortgage, the payment on the car, the electric bill, or buy groceries.
3 posted on 01/22/2011 8:10:38 AM PST by NavyCanDo (Jan 2013 - Sarah Palin sees the Potomac from Her House)
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To: bronxville

I’ll take the salary. They can keep the job - I’ll find something else to fill my day.


4 posted on 01/22/2011 8:10:59 AM PST by glorgau
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To: bronxville

Following John Lewis reasoning, happiness is forcing the taxpayers to send me on a nice month long vacation every year.

After all, spending month in Michigan’s upper peninsula every summer would make me very happy. The fact that I can’t afford to do it is a clear infringment on my rights.

No worries, I’m cheap and shouldn’t cost more than $150 to $200 per day.


5 posted on 01/22/2011 8:11:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: bronxville
"Having a job is more important to people than how much they are paid, according to the first official inquiry into what makes Britons happy..."

LMAO!

Another retread on one of the favorite themes of Socialist organizations.
6 posted on 01/22/2011 8:14:53 AM PST by indthkr
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To: bronxville

Happiness also comes from being able to choose how the fruits of labor are dispensed.


7 posted on 01/22/2011 8:15:29 AM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: bronxville

The simple fact is many people (maybe the great majority) work jobs with which they have little love for to make ends meet. Like me. A really sad fact is that many people wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if put in a situation where they had the money to survive without working. However, I’ve never met a retiree (of which I will be one by the end of this year) who regretted retiring.


8 posted on 01/22/2011 8:18:06 AM PST by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: NavyCanDo
“doesn't matter” won't pay my mortgage, the payment on the car, the electric bill, or buy groceries.

Obama will help you!
9 posted on 01/22/2011 8:18:19 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: All

10 posted on 01/22/2011 8:18:59 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville

Lots of gov’t issued beer will help./Sarc


11 posted on 01/22/2011 8:23:28 AM PST by Free in Texas (Martin Luther King was a Republican and Karl Marx played the stock market...'nuff said.)
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To: bronxville

12 posted on 01/22/2011 8:24:03 AM PST by bronxville
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To: Free in Texas

They’re now putting whiskey into cans. Despite the metallic taste it’s sure to get the job done. :)


13 posted on 01/22/2011 8:25:32 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville
Okay, there is some truth to this.

If you're unemployed, you generally feel useless. So, getting a job and some level of income is better than having a job and no level of income (or being on welfare).

14 posted on 01/22/2011 8:26:14 AM PST by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: bronxville

It’s natural to want to be productive and do something useful. Most people prefer to work.
That’s why liberalism discourages work and encourages people to take a check from the government.


15 posted on 01/22/2011 8:28:35 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: Free in Texas

16 posted on 01/22/2011 8:28:51 AM PST by bronxville
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To: Steel Wolf; Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Think about a bigger picture.

Pictures - The Illustrated Road to Serfdom -

http://mises.org/books/trts/


17 posted on 01/22/2011 8:32:22 AM PST by bronxville
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To: Steel Wolf
I agree with you. When you don't have a job at all, some sort of employment is better than none.

I know people who flop along without a job for a long time, because nothing is suitable to their desires and salary requirements.

I never understood how no salary was leading to a better life than a salary that was smaller than you'd like. There's a lot to be said for just getting in the workforce. Also, just getting a foot in the door isn't a bad thing either, in case other opportunities arise.

18 posted on 01/22/2011 8:35:04 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: bronxville

Happiness is not having to pay almost half your salary to the gubmint. By the time they take there piece of the pie, there isn’t a heck of a lot left.


19 posted on 01/22/2011 8:40:06 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: bronxville

This all seems so familiar, so...progressive!


20 posted on 01/22/2011 8:45:30 AM PST by Free in Texas (Martin Luther King was a Republican and Karl Marx played the stock market...'nuff said.)
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To: bronxville
... and that the national wellbeing index should help politicians and wider society "build a better life".

That phrase has a creepy similarity to the corporate slogan for the mega government-business in the "Alien" movies...


21 posted on 01/22/2011 9:14:21 AM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people BUILD A BETTER LIFE (my emphasis).”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNDP

This HUMAN DEVELOPMENT outfit have 25 agencies under them. I haven’t checked but am inclined to think that this is where the Food for Oil scam originated, and maybe where the Micro-loan con-game came from along with the other - make the rich richer by using the poor. Ted Turner, Timothy Wirth, etc are involved...


22 posted on 01/22/2011 10:10:48 AM PST by bronxville
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To: Free in Texas

“This all seems so familiar, so...progressive!”

Progressive - the word is such a fallacy. The Book of Job about his three “friends” sarcastically repelled it - “No doubt you are the people and wisdom began with you!”

The socalled progressives have been trying to corral us - euthanize us as useless eaters since Plato.


23 posted on 01/22/2011 10:25:57 AM PST by bronxville
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To: bronxville
nooooo... Happiness is a Warm GUN!!!
24 posted on 01/22/2011 10:27:52 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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