The Sydney Morning Herald, that overrated purveyor of what passes for news, at 1.44 pm May 23, 2012 made an astounding announcement “Smile, we’re the world’s happiest nation” and just in case we didn’t get the point included this photo of a delightful smiling child. You could, but I wouldn’t bother, click the link to read the article – it’s crap.
Apparently, as Australians, we have: a statistically high life expectancy; avoided the 2009 recession; jobs; mining investment boom; a budget surplus [aka creative accounting methods]; and a reputation as a safe trade & foreign investment destination.
I’m happy but it’s not because of any of those things. Actually, right now I’m a little mad that I’m supposed to be happy at the expense of the rest of the world. I want us all to be happy in ways that matter.
I may have to stop reading the news as there’s a chance I’m going to become the blogging world’s version of a habitual disgruntled letters to editor penner.
“False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.” Charles de Montesquieu