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Would you agree that the formula to the secret of happiness, may lie in at least some of these?

Asked by ucme (45958points) September 30th, 2010

Okay let me explain. A dairy company called Yeo Valley have apparently commissioned a research study to help find the secret of happiness, of Brits at least. “Experts” are said to have quizzed 4,000 adults on their lifestyles & asked them to rate their happiness. The “magic” formula deduced from the results incudes the following :

Hours of uninterrupted sleep : 6hrs 15mins
Commute to work : 20mins
Excercise a week : 2hrs 45mins
Play with children each day : 2hrs
Time spent with partner : 3hrs 58mins
Holidays abroad : 2
Hours at work a day : 7hrs 15mins
Get home from work : 5.42pm
Shopping trips a month : 4
Alcoholic drinks a week : 4!?!

Now I realise & absolutely agree that we can have studies & research coming out of our ears.Blah blah this & blah blah that :¬) So all i’m after here is a brief response as to whether or not any of these things ring true with you. Thank you please. Phew, that was exhausting!

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

It’s a bogus study, obviously. There’s no accounting for Fluther there. Bah! Fake science.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

What @CyanoticWasp said, and there’s no sex.

Oh. Wait.

That’s right. It’s about the Brits.

Never mind.

Cruiser's avatar

What!! No classic muscle cars??

harple's avatar

Hmm, not sure I like the idea of more hours at work than I get to sleep each night… Though I like the idea of 4 shopping trips a month!

ucme's avatar

@CyanoticWasp Yeah well that’s kind of a gimme!
@hawaii_jake Hey never mind that tittle tattle. I more than make up for the rest of those frigid stuck up Brits :¬)

harple's avatar

@ucme don’t tar me with that brush either!!!!

BoBo1946's avatar

umm…no mention of getting naked and running through the woods and barking at the moon!

just kidding my friend! Seems to me, you have your priority in line. Nice balance=happiness for the whole family.

ucme's avatar

@harple Wouldn’t/didn’t dream of it m’dear!
@BoBo1946 Well I like the sound of your opening remark way more :¬)

BoBo1946's avatar

lmao…. if i did that today, would trip over a log and kill myself.

CMaz's avatar

“the formula to the secret of happiness”

Accepting the life you have. And living it.

ucme's avatar

@BoBo1946 Oh come on, I bet that’s you looking for your golf ball & getting slightly frustrated in the process :¬)
@ChazMaz Oh absolutely my philosophy too. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Just stumbled across that bit of research & was interested on what you guys thought of it. Just because I write it, doesn’t mean I practice it.

marinelife's avatar

This seems to be what people do, not how they feel or think. I think the formula for happiness looks more like this:

1 part thankfulness for what you have
1 part contentment
1 part smiles and laughter
1 part exposure to nature
1 part love and friendship

Mix well and stir.

CMaz's avatar

With a good helping of who gives a crap about the Joneses.

ucme's avatar

@marinelife Yeah what struck me was that they seem to have centred their entire findings around home life. A home sweet home-married with children-2 cars in the drive-dog in the kennel-Mr & Mrs average type.

Blackberry's avatar

Sounds decent….for the one major socially acceptable lifestyle…...

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I totally agree that sleep, good exersize and time with kids and partner are necessary for happiness.

ucme's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Oh now those are my staple diet, can’t & won’t fault those at all.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I heard about this on the radio this morning (Radio 2 if you’re interested @ucme) and I thought then that it sounded like a load of crock to me. It sounds like the stereotypical “2point4children” lifestyle that we are all “supposed” to have once we reach a certain age. It actually sounds like my worst nightmare!

Having said that, I do agree with some of the points. Sleep is important, time with loved ones (not necessarily kids or partners but anyone that means a lot to us), excercise and not letting work take over our lives are all good for us.

ucme's avatar

@Leanne1986 Yeah, see my post to @marinelife for almost complete parity

aprilsimnel's avatar

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit- crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?

roundsquare's avatar

@marinelife What you are saying is very generic. I wouldn’t be (overly) surprised if, for brits, that survey was a more specific version of what you said.

In any event, you can’t average out like that. So it maybe “true” in a very silly sense but that doesn’t mean it’ll work for everyone.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@aprilsimnel Love ‘Trainspotting’ – have that on a tshirt.

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