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The Science of Happiness
and Well Being?

By Kevin Hogan


Happiness and Well Being Study The United Kingdom is doing a big nationwide public survey this week with hopes of learning about the state of the nation, specifically their citizens' "happiness" and "well-being".

200,000 people will get a survey from The Office for National Statistics.

The questions? Last I saw, there are four.

  1. Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  2. Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  3. Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
  4. Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?

Why is the government going to the trouble to collect answers to these questions?

You could imagine that people in certain areas of the UK, living in different circumstances, will report different levels of happiness or anxiety and feelings of satisfaction.

What is the Purpose?

The stated goal: To make valuable shifts in Social Policy.

Unfortunately, this isn't real research by any measure or definition.

These four questions are ridiculous to real researchers and scientists.

Ultimately the questions, regardless of the answers, tell you almost nothing about the people being surveyed.

The beginning of my concern is that the information they collect will indeed be used the way they say it will... to "improve" social policy.

The more you think about it, the more you realize that the very worst way to create public policy is based on how... "anxious, satisfied, perception of meaningfulness, and happiness"... someone says they are experiencing on some given day.

It all seems well intended...but...watch...

"The Moment Lens"

Mood and well-being are seen/felt through the lens of The Moment. Right now. This instant.

For example, if you are in a great mood right now, and think about your past, the past will be remembered as a little better than it "was".

If you are in a sad mood and you think about your past, it will seem a little sadder than it "was".

Our hindsight is 20/100, then filtered through the mood of "the moment".

I have a few questions I'd like to ask you and see how you respond, and then I'd like to see if your responses are influenced by the mood of the moment.

Just what is the mood of the moment? ...



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Kevin Hogan
Network 3000 Publishing
16526 W. 78th St. #138
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
(612) 616-0732

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