All seeking an economy of happiness

How do you know when the economy is booming? Generally, experts are based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this only shows exchanges and benefits. It says nothing about the emotional state of the country. Indeed, a good GDP can hide exploited workers, more or less comfortable living conditions, a degraded environment, etc. tried to estimate An approach that came out of nowhere.

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Martin Seligman is the father of positivist psychology. The basic idea is that happiness leads to happiness. By putting people in a positive context, they themselves become captivated by the atmosphere, surpassing themselves, exulting, and “polluting” those around them. It was enough to spawn an incredibly popular sector of personal growth. Thus, coaches and speakers emerged to sow the seeds of positivity that many of us lack.Arte made a very interesting documentary about it.

Some people have been inspired by this trend to think about the “happy economy” or happiness economy. For them, it is important that a professional environment provides a situation where everyone feels comfortable. In addition, many studies show how much more productive your employees can be and give your company more. Nonetheless, a rather logical observation that has allowed managers to reverse the trend they believed to know that they need to be guided by fear.

If GDP decreases, happiness decreases and vice versa. Moreover, the state has sought to prioritize the well-being of its people. Bhutan, for example, has bet big on things like a healthy environment and poverty reduction. She is therefore one of the few countries with a negative carbon budget and has taken strict measures on tourism to protect nature and urban spaces. The country’s economic development has progressed steadily over the decades.

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But as Arte’s documentary reminds us, this injunction to happiness and self-improvement can have its dark side. This is a very personal impression. Moreover, each has its own interpretation. So it seems difficult to give it a global definition. But these repeated prescriptions from coaches, influencers, family members and now bosses can weigh heavily on individuals. This is because this industry encourages us to be positive.

Plus, while it’s good to be positive, it’s hard to maintain a happy attitude when things go wrong or a recession sets in. Additionally, research conducted by Australian researchers shows that this constant quest may lead people to ruminate when they are not feeling well. Guilt invades them, because the bubble of negativity only leads to failure. The industry also tends to promote the idea of ​​”detoxifying” bad thoughts. and sometimes in unhealthy ways.

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In fact, for many mental health professionals, it would be better to bet on self-mercy. Rather than blaming yourself for feelings of sadness or anger, embrace them and put your energy into something good for everyone, such as soaking in a good novel, taking a walk in the countryside, or playing a video game session. For companies, this means providing an environment that provides both satisfactory salaries and working conditions in which employees can thrive.

Needless to say, a country can have green economic indicators even if people do not experience joy. Despite the sizable numbers at the end of 2021, Americans were very frustrated.

Much more than other countries like Finland that rely more on mercy and collectives. In fact, the Scandinavian nation has invested heavily in initiatives such as the ‘baby box’, about 40 items to help new parents get off to a good start as parents. Decided to increase parental leave. However, these initiatives are part of a collective purpose. Finns pay a significant amount of tax each year. And what if there is happiness in public bodies that care for people?

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