Of Coffee With Happiness

If you were having coffee with me I would be happy to have you visit this tangle of words. It was World Happiness Day just the other day and I have a curious question to ask…. Is happiness a feeling or an expression? 🤔

What is happiness anyway? I remember one Will Smith movie titled The Pursuit Of Happiness, for a movie with such a title for the most part of it, it was a rather sad sort of flick, which I watched once and never again. One thing I liked about the title of it was how it made for a great line when one wanted to be all deep and inspirational:

"It's called the pursuit of happiness not the sit around and wait for happiness"

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that Emily Dickinson had the gist of it in her classic poem Happiness is a thing with feathers…. I can imagine my literature teacher rolling her eyes at me… Okay okay okay, its hope, hope is a thing with feathers but I think you can substitute happiness for hope and it would still make perfect sense. Kinda like saying that the secret to happiness sometimes lies in having a bad memory.

The World Happiness Report for 2022 is out and according to it, out of the 146 countries listed, Zimbabwe is at the third from last at number 144, Finland tops the list while Canada, USA and UK are at 15, 16 and 17 respectively.

world happiness report 2022
Fig 2.1 World Happiness Report
Zimbabwe is 144 on the world happiness report 2022
Zimbabwe at number 144 World Happiness Report 2022

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the rankings include variables such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and corruption, but the scores aren’t solely dependent on these but based on individuals’ assessments of their lives, as revealed by their answers to the single-item Cantril ladder life-evaluation questionnaire.

The Cantril Ladder Life-evaluation question asks you to think of a ladder, with the best possible life being a 10 and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale. How would you rate your current life?

Cantril Ladder Life-evaluation

Generally African countries seem not to rate particularly well in the survey with none appearing on the list till Libya at number 86 of 146. Frankly speaking, I am a tad suspicious of who and where they get the respondents for these surveys and if it is indicative for a country.

According to the World Happiness Report FAQs the typical annual sample for each country is 1,000 people but if a typical country had surveys each year, the sample size would be 3,000

sample size for world happiness report

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that they say money can’t buy happiness but I am here thinking maybe they just don’t know where to shop… and I want to be rich enough to be able to say for myself that money can’t buy me happiness… I would rather be sad in a mansion, feel me? Even our government seems excited about the new state of the art parliament building that is set to be completed by the end of March. A 140 million dollar gift from our all-weather friends the Chinese government… no strings attached… so its said.

Hopefully when they make decisions from the new parliament building they will be in a happy space and make good solid decisions, than in the old place where they were packed like peas in a pod. If I was to endure a parliament session crowded in there, I too would have likely made some crazy rulings too, like spending 140 million on a parliament building instead of… I don’t know a state of the art hospitals or maybe a power station, how about working water and sanitation?

Global fuel prices have been going up like it’s a Harry Potter Spell gone wild and naturally people have been having a laugh over it, laughter is the best medicine after all, although I am still waiting for the day I can order some Paracetamolol or Ibuproflmao from the chemist. Maybe happiness means having enough money to fill up your fuel tank.

Expensive Petroleum in Harry Potter and the escalating cost of living
Harry Harry Potter and the Escalating Cost Of Living

Having gone up twice in the previous week our prices went down today by a whopping 8 cents a litre today, so there is some happiness there.

Fuel prices fall
Fuel Prices Fall

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you people were up in arms on social media over someone who made an offhand comment about how people without cars were complaining about the fuel prices. Fuel price has a domino effect which translates to a general increase in the prices of everything else, so it is not just car owners who have the monopoly on complaining about the gas prices.

when they ask you to take them somewhere nice
When they ask you to take them to somewhere expensive

Whats been happening in your neck of the woods? What makes you happy?

~B

10 Comments

  1. What makes me happy? Wow well that is a question I have been struggling to find an answer to for far to long. Maybe what will make me happy is knowing what will make me happy? Lol 🤣🤣. I also disagree with the whole money can’t buy happiness theory because while searching for what makes me happy, I am quite sure having money would help me get closer to finding the answer. I just re-read my comment, hopefully it makes sense 😅 🙃

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    1. Kind of like how maybe the purpose of life is to find the things that hive life purpose, thus so with happiness… hmmm yep sounds legit
      Money money money, I once did a snap survey to ask people how if money would solve the problems they faced and a large number of them needed money to solve their problems so I guess it is somewhat central in creating an ideal environment for happiness to flourish
      ~B

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  2. Happiness is a temporary feeling caused by ones emotions, life circumstances and individual experience at the moment. So while I may be happy today, tomorrow I may not be. It has nothing to do with anything concrete. Which is why the pursuit of happiness if bogus in my opinion. Live your life, do what is right and if you’re happy some of the time, bonus! Happiness is like sleep. Just let it happen, don’t try to chase it 🙂

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  3. You can be happy without money and you can be unhappy with money. However, I too would like the choice. Being sad in a mansion with a movie theater, a basketball court, a botanical garden, etc. is much better than being sad in a studio apartment.

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  4. If you were having coffee with me, I’d tell you that a priest just raped a 15-year-old and was found guilty. I’d tell you how his lawyer asked the judge for a shorter sentence because the girl was not a “virgin”.

    If you were having coffee with me, I’d tell you that Malawi has a scarcity of fuel currently. Rumors have it that we are about to experience a fuel hike as well.

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  5. I want to be happy but can not be happy when others go to bed hungry. I want a world where there are no wars and everyone goes to sleep with a full stomach.
    Thats my kind of happiness and of course am happiest when I have my Jacobs Coffee and reading a good book. Total bliss. 😊

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