Despite being unable to track down more than four questions from David Cameron’s Happiness Index (is this the whole survey?) I am confident in my conclusion that you can not measure happiness in a survey. I am sure the Office of National Statistics undertook an appropriate statistical analysis of the data, but an algorithm to compensate for human nature? I am not convinced.
How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
My favourite two questions (above) require a high degree of introspection, and evaluation of self-worth. It would take an awful lot of character to put pen to paper and admit to oneself (let us forget that this is a survey for Mr. Cameron) that not only are you unhappy with the raw end of the stick life dealt you, but that the rut of your daily grind brings you as much joy as being stuck in Madame Tussauds with only the glassy-eyed smiling heads of George Osbourne and Gordon Brown to keep you company.
We all need a reason to get out of bed in a morning, and a little fib assuring yourself that today will be worthwhile, even though the whole of last week/month/year was basically just a pain in the ass, is how we do it. If people are not honest with themselves, I am as positive as a proton that they will not make a special effort for Cameron’s Happiness Index.
Today’s happiness rating, glass of wine in hand: 10/10
Tomorrow morning’s happiness rating, wet feet before work: 0/10