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  • Mexicans Are The Happiest People In A New Global Survey

    10/31/2014 9:16:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/31/2014 | AMANDA MACIAS
    While the wealthy who live in advanced economies say they are happier with their life situation, those living in emerging economies are close to the same level of satisfaction, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The survey asked respondents of 43 nations to measure their happiness on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents the highest rung of life's ladder. Those who answered between 7 and 10 were counted as being happy. Mexico, a country plagued with crime and corruption, had the overall highest score in the survey, measuring in at 79% satisfaction in life. Mexico's...
  • Does God Exist to Make Man Happy? [Victoria Osteen Seems to Think So]

    09/15/2014 2:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dan Delzell
    God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. He always was, is and will always be. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy. Man tends to think in wrong ways about this entire arrangement. Man is prone to assume that it's all about him. How foolish of man. It's always been about God, and...
  • What Makes People Happier than Sex and Chocolate? (a surprising answer)

    09/02/2014 1:51:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    aleteia ^ | SUSAN E. WILLS
    Women’s mags—at least the ones that line supermarket check-out counters—seem obsessed with the euphoria-producing properties of sex and fine chocolates. Men’s mags seem focused on the latest coolest stuff that will make them desired by women and envied by men. A new study suggests both men and women might be better off looking into...scrapbooking. An Opinion Matters study surveyed 2,040 adults in the United Kingdom, and found that 80% of respondents “were happiest when reminiscing about old times with friends and family.” Chocolate (at 17%) and “even sex (38%)” fell behind reminiscing (45%) in providing “a greater, more prolonged...
  • Do Good for Your Own Self’: Osteen Says Obedience, Worship ‘Not for God’

    08/29/2014 8:59:12 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 90 replies
    Christian News ^ | 8/28/14 | Heather Clark
    A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side...
  • These Are The Happiest And Unhappiest Regions In The US

    07/26/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/26/2014 | Andy Kiersz
    Happiness is not equally distributed across the United States.A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser, University of British Columbia economics professor Joshua Gottlieb, and Harvard graduate student Oren Ziv tracks how people's self-perceived happiness varies among American cities.The researchers used data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an extensive survey coordinated by the CDC that tracks health behaviors and risk factors. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents how satisfied they are with their lives, with the four options of "very dissatisfied", "unsatisfied", "satisfied", and "very satisfied". This...
  • Greenfield: Remember Your Right to Happiness

    07/03/2014 9:25:45 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 13 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 03, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 03, 2014 Remember Your Right to Happiness Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Revolutions are not unique. Some countries have revolutions all the time until revolution becomes their national sport. In banana republics the overthrow of one dictator to make way for another gives everyone a day off from work. These revolutions, no matter how they are cloaked in the familiar rhetoric of liberty, are nothing more than tyranny by other means. What made the American Revolution unique was that its cause was not the mere transfer of power from one ruler to another or...
  • Top 10 Happiest Colleges in the Country

    06/18/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 51 replies
    Fastweb ^ | 18 June 2014 | Kathryn Knight Randolph
    Original article was published by The Daily Beast earlier this month. If you don't care to go to the original, these are the top 10: Texas A& M Stanford University University of Wisconsin Florida State University University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of Florida Brigham Young University University of Georgia University of Texas, Austin Kansas State University
  • Research: People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy

    02/24/2014 7:45:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Wynne Parry, Live Science Contributor
    Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment, including higher economic growth in developing countries and less crime. But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life. "It seems there is this trade-off," said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. In research published in January in PLOS ONE, Shariff and a colleague looked at international...
  • A Formula for Happiness

    01/31/2014 9:32:32 AM PST · by Baynative · 20 replies
    NYT Sunday Review ^ | December 2013 | Arthur Brooks
    Beneath these averages are some demographic differences. For many years, researchers found that women were happier than men, although recent studies contend that the gap has narrowed or may even have been reversed. Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful: about 40 percent say they are very happy. That makes them slightly happier than conservative men and significantly happier than liberal women. The unhappiest of all are liberal men; only about a fifth consider themselves very happy.
  • Childless couples ‘have the happiest marriages’…but mothers are happier overall than anyone else

    01/13/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:00 EST, 13 January 2014 | Emily Davies
    Many married couples cite the birth of their first child as the happiest day of their lives; but childless couples are in fact more happily married than those who have children, a study has found. The project has found that people without children are more satisfied with their relationships and more likely to feel valued by their partner. The study, by the Open University, involved interviews and surveys with more than 5,000 people of all ages, statuses and sexual orientations. When people were asked to rate the quality of their relationship those without children emerged as happier overall. […] Yet...
  • Secret to happiness? Be a conservative woman

    12/27/2013 9:42:06 AM PST · by dead · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2013 | 10:38am | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The head of the think-tank where I work believes he has discovered the secret of happiness, and he wants to share it with everyone. Don’t worry: I’m not in a cult... Once basic material needs are met, though, satisfying work matters more than money. What people want is not just success, but also “earned success” — the feeling that one’s efforts have paid off. In a recent talk, Brooks cited a 1978 study in which lottery winners were slightly less happy six months after they hit the jackpot... Over the last 40 years, women who describe themselves as “conservative” have...
  • Experts Urge Feds to Measure, Pursue Our Happiness

    12/08/2013 12:56:45 PM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 7, 2013 | Seth Borenstein
    By gauging happiness, there'd be more to consider than cold hard cash when deciding matters that affect daily lives, according to a report this week from the National Academy of Sciences, which advises the government. The panel of economists, psychologists and other experts assembled by the academy recommended that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness.
  • Thanksgiving - 2013: Destiny's Child

    11/28/2013 9:38:19 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2013 | Rich Galen
    This "Thanksgiving MULLINGS" was first published in 2002. Please take a moment on this Thanksgiving to say a Prayer of Thanks for those brave Americans in uniform, and also for the civilians, who are serving in far off places, away from their families, protecting us, and projecting America's values as we enjoy our Thanksgiving dinners safe from fear, and from want; and as we exercise our freedoms of worship and of speech. In 2003, I wrote the Thanksgiving column from Camp Victory just outside of Baghdad. Please take a look back at the Iraq Travelogue by clicking here: "Good Morning...
  • Actor Advises President to Commit Ted Cruz

    11/04/2013 6:15:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2013 | John Semmens
    Left-wing actor Sean Penn urged President Obama to “use his executive authority to have Senator Cruz committed to a mental hospital. Obviously, the man is not happy. Our Constitution guarantees a person’s right to happiness. I believe that Cruz would truly be happier if he were confined and medicated. I know I would.” “Since he won’t go of his own free will it falls on the president to take action to protect the Senator’s happiness by compelling him to enter treatment for his own good,” Penn argued. “The highest obligation of a ruler is the happiness of his people. Going...
  • Venezuela government creates happiness agency

    10/26/2013 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2013 | JORGE RUEDA
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it. President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty. Wags had a field day Friday, waxing sarcastic on Twitter about how happy they felt less than 24 hours after the announcement.
  • Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was 'not happy with America,' friend says

    09/18/2013 4:52:46 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 9-18-2013 | Mark Potter and Charles Hadlock
    FORT WORTH, Texas — Aaron Alexis was so unhappy with his life in America — where he was beset by money woes and felt slighted as a veteran — that he was "ready to move out of the country" last year, a friend said Tuesday. "He was tired of dealing with the government," said Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose husband owns the Thai Bowl Restaurant in Fort Worth, where Alexis worked in exchange for room and board. But instead of leaving the U.S., the former Navy reservist relocated from Texas to Virginia, where an IT company called The Experts put him on...
  • United States Takes Spot as World's 17th Happiest Country

    09/09/2013 12:24:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Science World Report ^ | 09/09/2013 | Kathleen Lees
    United States residents have an extra reason to smile according to a recent report released by Columbia University's Earth Institute. According to their findings, northern Europe received the highest satisfaction and happiness ranking in life, while Egypt and a few others hit the lowest since the Eurozone crisis via background information from the 2013 World Happiness Report released Monday. When looking at a survey of over 156 countries, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden were ranked as the happiest places, and regions in Sub-Saharan Africa were noted as being the least likely places for overall life satisfaction, according to...
  • Unlike! Research links social networking to unhappiness

    08/18/2013 4:50:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-15-13
    Facebook could be spreading unhappiness through society as well as keeping people connected, research has shown. The number one social networking site is strongly associated with declines in well-being, psychologists claim. Scientists found the more time people spent on Facebook over a two-week period, the worse they subsequently felt. In contrast, talking to friends on the phone or meeting them in person led to greater levels of happiness. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said Study leader Ethan Kross, from the University of Michigan. "But rather than enhance well-being,...
  • Are Atheists mentally ill?

    08/17/2013 8:29:34 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 66 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/17/2013 | Sean Thomas
    Thanks to a couple of surveys, it’s being put about in certain circles that atheists have higher IQs than believers. That may or may not be the case, but one problem with this argument is that, if you accept "average group differences in IQ”, you get into all sorts of sinister debates which bien pensant atheist Lefties might find less to their liking.
  • Why Do Younger Evangelicals Put Happiness and Popularity Over Morality and Truth?

    08/03/2013 7:10:24 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 61 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-1-13 | Wintery Knight
    Christianity is not just about being happy and feeling good and being liked by others What’s at the root of this movement to back away from moral issues? Here’s what I think is the problem. When you advocate for moral causes like protecting the unborn, or school choice, or freeing the slaves, a bunch of people are not going to like you. Christians in the time of Jesus knew that being bold about their Christian convictions would make a lot of people think bad things about them – they expected it. But young evangelicals have gotten the idea that being...
  • Study: Happiest years are ages 23, 69

    07/26/2013 8:20:08 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | July 26, 2013 | Frank Mungeam
    Happiness peaks at age 23 and again at age 69, according to a wide-ranging study just completed by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. The study surveyed 23,161 individuals between ages 17 and 85 and found that life satisfaction was highest for those at ages 23 and 69. According to researchers, people in their early twenties overestimate their future life satisfaction by an average of around 10 percent, before the disappointments of life kick in. As people pass through the next decades, they face declining expectations, hitting their low point during their mid-fifties, when researchers...
  • How demons create depression, fear, disease...the remedy!

    07/13/2013 11:25:02 PM PDT · by fabian · 81 replies
    YouTube ^ | fabian
    Yes, as the title says, the devil does actually make us do and feel things that are against our best interests and others. We do have a responsibility to see it and not be in a sort of mindless collusion with its evil motives, and this very brief video will direct you to the path of how to do that. The same path that is being used by the U.S. military now for post traumatic stress, because it works wonders to cure it! Fact.
  • The Happiest Countries in the World

    05/29/2013 2:46:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 05/29/2013
    The residents of Switzerland are the most satisfied with their lives, according to the latest Better Life Index report, released this week by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Switzerland has moved up to the top spot, bumping Denmark to fifth. For the third year, the United States failed to make the top 10, while countries like Canada, Mexico and all the Scandinavian nations did. The Better Life Index rates the 36 OECD countries in 11 areas that aim to cover every aspect of life. The OECD looked at housing, income, jobs, education, community, the environment, civic engagement,...
  • Want to Be Happy? Get to Work

    05/18/2013 5:52:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Interest's Via Meadia ^ | May 17, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Retiring early can make you depressed and unhealthy, as well as poor, according to a new study by the Institute of Economic Affairs, a British think tank. The IEA looked at micro-level data from 11 countries on the physical and mental health of retirees. Here were some of the report’s findings: – Retirement increases the probability of suffering from clinical depression by about 40 per cent – Retirement increases the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical condition by about 60 percent – Retirement increases the probability of taking a drug for such a condition by about 60 per...
  • Be content no matter what???

    04/24/2013 3:00:51 PM PDT · by fulltlt · 14 replies
    KJV Bible | God via Paul
    Philipians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
  • World's happiest countries (US is No 12)

    01/20/2013 11:04:34 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Forbes/Yahoo ^ | Jan15, 2013 | Chris Helmen/Forbes
    The World's Happiest Countries: 1. Norway 2. Denmark 3. Sweden 4. Australia 5. New Zealand 6. Canada 7. Finland 8. The Netherlands 9. Switzerland 10. Ireland So where does the United States rank? It's at 12th place this year, slipping from 10th. According to Legatum, the U.S. has slipped in the areas of governance, personal freedom, and most troubling, in entrepreneurship & opportunity. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but Legatum notes "a decline in citizens' perception that working hard gets you ahead."
  • Confessions of a Bad Woman

    01/11/2013 2:35:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townnhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Mona Charen
    I suppose I'm a bad woman -- by today's standards that is. For some reason, I take absolutely no pride in the accomplishments of women per se. I am utterly uninspired by first women astronauts or Secretaries of State. It is of no consequence to me what percentage of the United States Senate or House of Representatives shares my chromosomes. I don't wait with gnawing impatience for America to pass the milestone of needing a fellow to fill the post of First Gentleman. This is not to say that I resent or disparage female accomplishment. I admire excellence wherever...
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    12/31/2012 8:44:39 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 61 replies
    Me | Mesta
  • A Simple Formula That Predicts The Success Of Marriages

    12/28/2012 8:05:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/28/2012 | Gus Lubin
    Many have spent long hours wondering if a marriage is going to last, considering things like love, children, taxes, and the opinion of friends and professionals. But the best and easiest answer may be this formula: frequency of lovemaking minus frequency of quarrels A positive difference predicts marital happiness, a negative one unhappiness. The formula was derived from a series of studies in the 1970s. One study of married students at University of Missouri-Kansas City found that 28 out of 30 self-described happy couples had sex more than they argued, while all 12 self-described unhappy couples argued more. These results...
  • The happiest and saddest countries in the world

    12/20/2012 8:23:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/19/2012
    Gallup Inc. asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 148 countries the following questions: Did you feel well-respected yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you laugh or smile a lot yesterday? Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment? Here are the 10 the countries where the highest percentage of people answered "yes" to all five questions, and the nine countries with the lowest percentages: HAPPIEST Panama, 85 percent Paraguay, 85 percent El Salvador, 84 percent Venezuela, 84 percent Trinidad...
  • 12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself

    11/25/2012 1:20:02 PM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 13 replies
    12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. - Mae West You know you’re on the right track when you can repeat each of the following headlines to yourself, honestly. (And if you can’t, this list gives you something positive to work on.) 1. I am following my heart and intuition. Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Live the life you want to live. Be the person you want to remember years from now. Make decisions and act on them....
  • It's Amazing How Much More Optimistic People Are In Asia

    09/10/2012 2:51:42 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-10-2012 | Frank Holmes
    It's Amazing How Much More Optimistic People Are In Asia Frank Holmes, U.S. Global InvestorsSeptember 10, 2012 After Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank’s new bond buying program, I was the first guest on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box to weigh in on this decision. I reiterated my stance that the endgame for Europe would be to print money, which will eventually lead to currency wars. These actions are positive for gold and also for increased economic activity. See another conversation on ECB and gold with Squawk Box here. China too has kept investors on the edge of their seats,...
  • The Recipe for Happiness? An Enduring Marriage and an Affair With Lots of Sex

    08/20/2012 11:40:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | Catherine Hakim
    The setting is the quiet corner of an Italian restaurant in the City; the players are George, an IT specialist, and Zoe, who wears a pretty dress and a big smile; they drink an especially good bottle of wine and when they get to coffee he reaches over and kisses her on the mouth. She surprises him by kissing him back. To onlookers it might be the classic opening scene of a traditional romance. Yet both parties are married to other people, whom they have no intention of leaving. Although they will go on to enjoy all the spoils of...
  • The Pursuit of Happiness

    08/14/2012 5:22:43 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 7 replies
    Vanity | August 14, 2011 | Me
    President Obama asks Do we go forward towards a “new” (actually stogy old) vision of an America in which prosperity is shared (in actual socialist practice, destroyed)? There is a law of classical Newtonian physics which states that “Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.” But “prosperity” is not a thing, is not matter. Prosperity is the successful pursuit of happiness. Prosperity is a process rather than a thing. The pursuit of happiness can be prevented, just as the rights to life and liberty can be violated. But as Newt Gingrich put it, the Declaration of Independence did not...
  • 75 Happiness Quotes to Live By

    07/18/2012 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 3 replies
    to brighten your day and move your mindset in a positive direction. Smile every chance you get. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you donÂ’t have.Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up. (Read Learned Optimism.)A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you canÂ’t get very far until you...
  • "Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41%

    05/24/2012 7:28:52 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Gallup ^ | May 23, 2012 | Lydia Saad
    Americans now tilt "pro-life" by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%
  • The Happiest Countries in the World

    05/22/2012 7:14:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 05/22/2012 | Michael B. Sauter
    For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. examined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s report on life satisfaction in the developed world. Economic prosperity, health and a strong social support network continue to correspond highly with happiness. Once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia, Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do. The OECD measured more than 30 sets of data in 11 different categories, including education, health and employment. The study also asked residents of each country to rank, on a scale...
  • Jesus Teaching on the Soul...Say No To Self...Mark 8

    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my...
  • Marriage is for Losers

    04/26/2012 7:15:21 AM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 52 replies
    Untangled Blog ^ | March 2, 2012 | Dr. Kelley Flanagan
    You can be right, or you can be married; take your pick. I can’t remember who told me that, but I do remember that they were only half-joking. The other half, the serious half, is exceedingly important. This is why. Many therapists aren’t crazy about doing marital therapy. It’s complicated and messy, and it often feels out of control. In the worst case scenario, the therapist has front row seats to a regularly-scheduled prize fight. But I love to do marital therapy. Why? Maybe I enjoy the work because I keep one simple principle in mind: if marriage is going...
  • Jane Austen’s Advice: Choose the Right Man and Live Happily Ever After

    04/18/2012 6:59:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 257 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Culture Challenge of the Week:  Finding A Good Man Call it the lament of the young, single woman: there are no good men left. Or if there are, where are they? And how can a young woman pursue a healthy, marriage-minded relationship in a singles culture of casual sex and perpetual adolescence? In her new book, The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After (Regnery Publishing, 2012), Elizabeth Kantor provides some answers. She writes, “Of course it’s no secret that modern mating rituals have gone badly wrong.” And indeed they have: the number of cohabitating couples has doubled in the...
  • Be happy, not just rich, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon

    04/03/2012 12:44:37 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    MSNBC | April 3, 2012 | Ian Johnston
    The world needs a new economic model based around “gross global happiness” rather than simply making money, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban, speaking at a meeting organized by the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan called “Happiness and Well-being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”, said social and environmental factors should be considered, a statement posted on a United Nations website said. “Gross National Product has long been the yardstick by which economies and politicians have been measured. Yet it fails to take into account the social and environmental costs of so-called progress,” Ban told at the meeting at U.N....
  • Happiness: The first three Beatitudes (Part 2)

    03/31/2012 1:40:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    Part Two: Happiness: The first three Beatitudes PETER KREEFTChrist proposes a vision of happiness which is the exact opposite of what everyone in the post-Christian West assumes to be the sources of the greatest happiness in life. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit We say how blessed we are as individuals or as a nation when we have wealth. He says no, you are blessed when you are poor. Poor not only in your bank account, but even more than that, not less, poor down to the depths of your heart, poor in spirit, detached from riches, whether you are physically...
  • Overcome depression and suicide, easily!

    03/25/2012 8:55:06 AM PDT · by fabian · 78 replies · 1+ views
    me ^ | 03/24/12 | Fabian
    This is my first youtube about a very effective,simple and perfect way to overcome the negative stresses of living in an almost totally socialist nation. It is being used widely by our troopers now and can be heard for free! Please listen.
  • Rotary: A Spin on American Virtue and Happiness

    02/02/2012 8:43:51 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 2, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    If you've ever wanted to be as good a person as your dog thinks you are but feared you'd never reach your dog's standards, Think Again. Recently, when speaking before the Rotary Club of Aspen, one of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, I discovered a treasure trove of virtue — they're called Rotarians. As if powdered slopes beckon, dozens of Aspen's most respected and engaged residents rise early on Thursdays to enjoy breakfast, social networking and a guest speaker. Most important, they uphold an important American ethic — they ask not what their country can do for them but...
  • Freerepublic thinking singles in so. Califirnia?

    12/25/2011 11:04:36 AM PST · by fabian · 93 replies · 1+ views
    me, myself and I | 12/25/11 | me
    Hello and happy Holy Days to all! I hope it is okay to post this today, as I am sitting here in my room in Rowland Heights, a good looking never been married man of 49, by myself on Christmas day. Although I am perfectly happy by myself, it would be so nice to share this and many other days with a bright and cute woman of the same conservative ideals that I have! Maybe this thread can be a beginning point for other FR sinlges to someday meet and get to know each other?
  • Parker Bros, Poker and the Myth

    10/05/2011 10:14:33 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 6 replies
    Stories of Global Transformation Blog ^ | October 4, 2011 | Dr. James W. Jackson
    Parker Brothers made millions of dollars marketing the table game Monopoly. It takes two to three hours to play a round of the game. Its history can be traced back to 1904 where it was developed as a teaching tool to explain the single tax theory. Poker is a game where betting begins with some form of forced bet by one of the players. Each player is betting that the hand he has will be the highest ranked. Each of the other players must either match the maximum previous bet or fold. Both games include one striking similarity . ....
  • Happiness, money and politics

    08/28/2011 8:15:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    John Ray ^ | 2005 | By John Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.)
    I have been thinking and reading about happiness ever since I came across the work of Michael Argyle on the subject in the 1970s. And, despite many complexities in the research findings, I think in the end the facts about it are surprisingly simple: It seems that happiness is to a quite extraordinary degree a trait rather than a state. In other words, we are born happy, unhappy or somewhere in-between. There are a lot of people who are always miserable (most Leftists, for instance) and some who are always sunny in mood no matter what. Even when we find...
  • America Has Two Choices, And The Time For Choosing Is Now

    07/01/2011 3:59:32 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-1-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Conservatives have been talking about this particular choice for decades, and the future is now. This isn't hypotheticals wrapped in high-minded rhetoric. California is now forcing online businesses that have any physical presence in the state to collect sales tax from business it does there. Here's why... The legislation was intended to eliminate a perceived business impediment for brick-and-mortar retailers in the state, according to California Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, who helped develop the bill. State and local sales taxes can total 10 percent in some California cities, and big-box retailers like Wal-Mart complained that tax-free sales on Amazon were...
  • Obama Official: ‘Climate’ Happiness is an Economic Downturn

    04/05/2011 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/5/11 | Chris Horner
    I mean, yes, they feel that way, but you're just not supposed to say it. While I love the ClimateWire headline -- "U.S. vows continuing effort toward a 17% emission cut" (subscription required), sort of like I vow to continue my effort toward hitting fewer pedestrians when I drive...not to hit fewer pedestrians when I drive...ah, J-school -- the following excerpt from the piece is simply beyond belief. Speaking to a U.N ‘Kyoto II' negotiating group in Bangkok, U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing "noted in a series of slides that U.S. emissions have declined about 8.7...
  • It's All About PERCEPTION:

    03/16/2011 5:32:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 16, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Something to think about... On a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces in the corridor of a DC Metro station.  In that period of time over 1100 people whisked past, most of them on their way to work... After about 3 minutes, one middle-aged man in the throng noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, but then hurried on to meet his schedule... @ :04 the violinist received his first dollar: the woman threw money in the hat and without stopping and continued to...