Today, 20 March 2013, is the UN’s International Day of Happiness as agreed in an official UN Resolution last summer.
In my last blog, I explained The UN’s Resolution states, among other points, it is “Recognizing the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.” These have become known as the Four Pillars.
I live in the UK and today our chancellor is announcing the Governments Annual Budget. On a day when we are picking over our national finances I wanted to look a bit closer at the pillar of poverty eradication, and happiness and wealth.
Like many other nations we are being told our piggy bank is empty. Whilst we are frustrated and worried with the situation, we forget that compared to those living in extreme poverty we are still living in wealth. We still have our social care provisions, our unemployed and homeless can still access support. Our National Health Service is still giving free health care for all. Our schools are still open. When I look around the UK I can see that, generally speaking, people seem to be suffering from over eating rather than hunger.
Poverty is recognised to impact educational and employment opportunities, food and housing, safe sanitation and water, and the spread of illness and diseases frequently curable or vaccinated against in wealthier countries. Wealthier countries are able to better protect themselves from these issues simply because they have the money, or access to credit, to pay for that protection.
The inequality between rich and poor nations is huge. And it is wonderful that addressing this is finally an international agenda. Yes, governments across the globe, rich and poor, have agreed to do what they can to achieve this goal, and set time scales. Yes ending suffering caused by poverty is a real achievable goal. Wow! No one mentioned that on breakfast news this morning….
Today I have found myself asking
“why, when we have so much, are we unhappy, ungrateful even?”
“what can developing countries learn from our discontent as they grow their own wealth?”
“when a countries economic needs are met and are no longer driving social development, what next?”
"How can we be financially secure and content? Does financial security actually exist?"
In my video blog today I share with you some of my thoughts about this. I also share some great questions we can all use to challenge how we look at our own value and measure our happiness. I would love you to join me for 7 mins and let me know what you think.
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