Despite Economic Meltdown, The World is Actually Pretty Happy

Economic doom and gloom notwithstanding, how happy are people around the world? Pretty happy, it turns out, according to a new global survey by private think tank Ipsos (whose motto "nobody's unpredictable" suggests that they've never met our intrepid adventurer-by-day/blogger-by-night John C. Farrier):

DESPITE global economic gloom, the world is a happier place than it was before the financial crisis began. That is the counterintuitive conclusion of a poll of 19,000 adults in 24 countries by Ipsos, a research company. Some 77% of respondents now describe themselves as happy, up three points on 2007, the last year before the crisis. Fully 22% (up from 20%) describe themselves as very happy—a more important measure, says Ipsos’s John Wright, since whenever three-quarters of people agree on anything, “you need to pay attention to intensity in the results.”

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So, how about you? Are you happy?


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I can only speak for myself, but of the people I know its ONLY my lame-super-religious OLD PERSON relatives and co-workers that are doom-n-gloom. Conservative republican types who watch their Faux news and think the world is in "end times" and they're trying to stockpile. *eyeroll*. I wish I could slap some sense into them. LIFE IS FINE, turn off the retard news and step outside and look around. Everything is NORMAL. The sky is not falling, your neighborhoods look BETTER than they did when you were a kid... what the heck is the problem?
For me? Life is awesome, I make good money. I have a nice house. I cannot complain at all. America needs some purging of its religious nut job chicken-littles, but that doesn't really affect me since I avoid them anyway.
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Don't worry about slapping sense into others. Life is both able and willing to slap sense into people that need it. Even you.
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