The Search for Happiness

I’m reading the Christmas edition of The Economist and they headline with a feature on Happiness and how it seems unrelated to wealth. Sure the rich are happier than the poor but the richer you get is not followed by happiness. Here are a couple of quotes, see what you think… “Doing well is not enough: we also want to do better that our peers. This status anxiety runs deep…” and from the leader to this article… “Capitalism is adept at turning luxuries into necessities – bringing to the masses…

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HSBC open minded on Consumerism

Consumerism is the defining word of our times but we’re mostly ambivalent about it and those with vested interests are taking note. How do I know all this, well the notion is appearing in adverts of all places and that is counter-subversive to say the least. It’s a pretty mild opener but it’s there…thanks to HSBC (click here to see the full ad- it’s under altruism ironically enough)

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Indie confused over consumerism

I’ve been away for a few days with the better half’s family for a low-key Christmas, which after last year was all we wanted. Anyway took the opportunity on Boxing Day to read a newspaper at my leisure which was a pleasure (apologies for the rhyming). My chosen journal was The Independent and unsurprisingly there was the usual hand wringing over the British publics insatiable appetite for material possessions. What was unusual was the prominence it was given, first of all in the main leader which contained this comment: “With…

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Happy Feet?

No not the film about the penguins (haven’t seen it but here’s a review) but yet another clipping discovered in the musty depths of my in tray. This specimen has been dead since August, although some news dies quicker and a few a lot slower. Apparently half of all women have more than 30 pairs of shoes, says this story in the Guardian. I need to talk to my wife as she is either to be highly praised above all women for showing such restraint and common sense or my…

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Pre-Christmas Clear Out

I’m getting itchy with all the buying going on around me, so I’ve started to simplify (again). I was going to wait until New Year but as I look around at the videos I may never watch again, the wardrobe with clothes I haven’t worn for a year, the junk that has accumulated in the various corners of the house. You have to feel sorry for my wife as I poke around constantly asking ‘do we need this?’ while holding up some unknown item from under the stairs. It may…

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Charity the new rock and roll?

We all know and admire the efforts of Bono and Bob who have given helping the poor some much needed glamour. Now big business is on board with Buffett (warren) and Bill (gates) leading the way. Now according to the Observer the rich just can’t get enough of giving their money away.Read Heather Connon’s article here Now I don’t know about you but it seems that to me there must be something slightly screwy about our world that it works in such a way that people can become so rich…

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Motorbikes and Meaning

I was catching up on some weekend reading and started with The Observer’s travel supplement Escape, which headlined with the final part of Mike Carters midlife bike tour through Europe. Combining two passions (motorbikes and travel) it was a far better place to start than reading of England’s demise in the Ashes! Anyway came across a couple of thought provoking quotes… “But it was always in the poorest places that I got the warmest waves and the biggest smiles as I rode through, and I’m not sure what the significance…

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Learning to Breathe

I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up so I’m going to keep the posts short (he says!). Anyway we all need a purpose right, to many people are just drifting through life and that’s just not me. Having spent most of twenties moaning about the fact that the great battles have been fought (Have you ever seen the film Pump Up the Volume? If you have you’ll know what I mean) but I’ve chosen my battleground, decided to make my stand. Well sort of, in a not sure…

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