Happiness

I’ve started reading a book called "Growth Fetish" by a guy I think is called Clive Hamilton. It argues that despite increased economic conditions over the last fifty or so years, the western world has not got any happier despite the calims of politicians from both ends of the politcal spectrum. He argues (rather uncontroversially) that the ability to consume more and more will not satisfy us in the long run – so why do politicians invariable promise a better economy as a means to a happy future?

This would correlate well with todays news story that Vanuatu is the worlds happiest country despite lacking a powerhouse economy – I wonder if George Dubya realizes this?

Check it out here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060712/lf_afp/afplifestyleenvironment_060712150855

(I still can’t do short links yet)