Published: Sunday, Jan. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
Utahns think about suicide more than other Americans, reported by the Deseret
There is something oddly contradictory about this article. Mr. Evensen's
main thesis seems to be that happiness is unmeasurable - "People who try to
measure happiness might as well try nailing Jell-O to the wall." However, he
then goes on to (rightly) list a few qualities (as opposed to circumstances)
that likely contribute much to someone's sense of well being... things like
service, generosity and treating people nicely.Those are all good
points, but are they any less subject to measurement? Are those qualities so
ethereal that they cannot also be captured by a well conducted survey?I personally applaud any effort to further our knowledge about ourselves and
our world. When one of these endeavors proves to be flawed, the answer is not to
give up such efforts altogether, but instead to keep trying to improve it.The pursuit of excellence, just-out-of-reach as it may always be, is not
only the proper course of action in this case, but may also be a key component
in an overall state of happiness Mr. Evensen wisely recognizes as a journey
rather than a destination.
So Norway is the happiest because they use their oil for their "welfare"
state. A little jab there huh? Well, why shouldn't they use their oil money
for whatever they want? Does oil money have to go to five people? And by the way Norway does have a king and uses it's oil money for the
people just like Hugo Chaves get lambasted for every day in conservative news.
Shouldn't conservatives be ripping on the King of Norway too?
There are no shortages of studies that pretend to accurately measure one thing
or another. You can do one too if you like. Just come up with an arbitrary set
of statistics and then do a top ten list. What does the amount of
ice cream consumed per capita tell us about people? That they are happy because
of ice cream is a "happy food?" That they are miserable because ice
cream is a "comfort food?" Or maybe a proliferation of ice cream parlors
is a sign of prosperity. Then again maybe it shows antisocial anxieties.Even though we know they are ridiculous we read them and quote them,
anyway. Maybe that's because they reinforce what we already believe.
I like to read the results of Studies. It makes me happy to have a good laugh.
re: Tyler D 10:01 p.m. Jan. 24**Mr. Evensen's main thesis seems
to be that happiness is unmeasurable - "People who try to measure happiness
might as well try nailing Jell-O to the wall***I disagree that
happiness is not quantifiable. Happiness is reality divided by expectations.
Maybe we need all to remember: "“A little Consideration, a little
Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”― A.A. Milne
The pursuit of happiness is just that, a never ending pursuit. As set my
standard, I see my mistakes. The things that I need to redo. The projects that I
thought could be easily done isn't what I can seem to do what I have in
mind. So I say to my self, No one will notice. Than my wife sees what I have
been doing and starts pointing out all the things wrong, and I do it all over
and over again. They say practices makes perfect. I know that just because it
looks good doesn't mean that it's right. I haven't given up, and
I'm still trying. I met the enemy and the enemy is me.
If we can measure depression we should be able to measure happiness. Depression
affects millions of people and billions of dollars are spent on treatment
(medication and therapy). When we know more about what makes people
happy, through credible research, then maybe we'll know how to better help
people suffering from depression.
l wouldnt dare compare Utah to Norway...Utah doesnt have an ocean,Utah fails to
support its citizens with its policies for the disadvantaged. It esteems its
politicians at the cost of its people and the "higher on the hill" you
live" the more affluence is oozed. I know I once lived in Utah for 10 yrs
and never regreted leaving, in fact I have never been happier
Jay ever for conviently reported Norway was #1, and Aemrica was only ranked
12th.Who were #2-#11 ?Sweden, Denmark, most of Europe, and
Asia.They ALL have ONE thing in common -- Socialism.Jay
once again, takes a pot shot at the Norweign oil money bein gused for
"welfare" -- but as Screwdriver so quickly and accurately pointed out;
Does oil money have to go to just five people (instead of the whole population)?
The little jab is someone else is getting right, Conservatives
don't want to believe they could be wrong, yet this whole article only
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