How happy am I? And how happy are you? ...Hmm, intriguing questions indeed. Difficult to answer, too - well, when it comes to personal happiness anyway.
I guess surveys on world happiness usually show us that it's not always the rich and famous amongst us who are the happiest, just as people living in the richest countries are not necessarily happier than those living in poor ones. Ain't happiness contrary?
But before all that, I'd like to start the Self Help Collective happiness survey, by asking YOU this simple question:
Rather than talk to you about happiness surveys in general, I'm going to share with you a very personal happiness survey of one - my own!
I'm going to tell you how happy I am right now, as of 11.14am on June 4th, 2008. (I checked this page over at 16.49 on Sep 2nd 2013, by the way - just in case you're thinking this page is OLD!)
It will be personal (I hope you don't mind) but instructional nevertheless, and it might encourage you to share your own happiness thoughts with the rest of us too! Hint, hint!
Well, a bit about me, I guess (as of June, 2008):
So how happy am I, a man aged 43 (50, at time of re-proofing), home-owner living in England, still single and with too many tendencies to choose to be negative?
My happiness rating is 99% - yes, I'm pretty darned happy!
I love working (for myself) on this website; I love my family and friends; and I know that I can meet the challenges ahead of me, even if that means nursing a broken heart for a while! So you know what, I've never been happier! Seriously.
Actually, it helps if you don't take life too seriously. (Ah, that's where I've been going wrong all this time!)
Okay, that's me. Please share your own survey now, even if you're not happy, but do think of some positive things happening in your life (as well as negative) - they will be there, if you look hard enough.
Happiness surveys really can offer surprising insights into how the world sees itself. And quite often the more the world has the less happy it is. Anyway, I've collected some highly respected happiness facts, or happiness information, so you can see for yourself: