Mindful Happiness: A Dangerous Theory for Our Economy

Happiness has been on the rise in the news based on various scientific studies revealing a number of theories based on mindful behaviours. The theorists have proven that there are tactics that a person can exercise to maintain a happier outlook on life. These are all wonderful findings for most of the population. Individuals are able to spread these therapies with a scientific acceptance and utilize them to cope more efficiently.

Why would happiness or mindful techniques cause an issue for the economy? Scientists would suggest that the levels of happiness do not come from what people might have previously assumed. One might have believed that seeking out a husband or wife, making a lot of money, or maintaining a respectable career over a number of years, would induce a particular amount of happiness, but scientists have proven that the terms to happiness are quite different.

The same can be true for trauma in one’s life. Scientists have shown that individuals who lose a limb or become paralyzed, regain the same levels of happiness as before the incident, after a few years have passed. Regardless of the disappointment, the general level of happiness seems to be similar across the board for humanity, but there are a few interesting factors in these studies.

Scientists have stated that people who live below the poverty line are more likely to have a difficult time maintaining a substantial level of happiness appropriate for a ‘normal’ quality of life. The question that remains is where does this poverty line land? Some scientists have stated that people can be happy on as little as around $14,000 american dollars a year. This is a line that could be skewed to perpetuate policies that alleviate the government of properly supporting its citizens. There is a fine line between science and policy, but in terms of happiness, it is dangerous to make economic decisions based on those findings.

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