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I think the World Happiness Report is a poor first step. It's
produced annually and it isn't connected to any thing in
particular, such as a particular event or change in society.
Nobody can make heads or tails what caused happiness or
unhappiness. There's no cause connected to effect.
governments and governments spend billions on social
care and improvements designed to relieve suffering. But
do not check afterwards how effective the spending was. If
do, it's some lousy report that nobody reads or actions.
I propose every citizen have a happiness account. In this
account, you can report your happiness about some thing that
Every interaction between companies and government has an
identifier. You can use this identifier when you fill out a
happiness impression. This is a simple record of your
score caused by an interaction. You can also provide a reason.
You can give the interaction a score.
This score is aggregated in thousands and thousands of ways:
local council, by city, by shop that you shop in, by country, by
company you do business with and so on. These form
happiness indexes. They have names like the FTSE-100
You can also review URLs and give them happiness scores.
There's also a global aggregated score which is total
Now, with this information available, companies, governments
can make decisions that truly maximise happiness in the
"Government announces tax cut. Happiness jumps 10% year-
"Happiness returning to mean. Someone better do something"
"This movie has increased happiness the most this year"
"Charitable giving of XYZ charity increased happiness by 30%
year. This charity has the best return on happiness
0oo.li -- Dimensions of Happiness
Related idea: Define abstract dimensions, that correlate best with people's happiness, and model people's movement in that space, to intentionally achieve social bliss. [Mindey, Jul 02 2020, last modified Jul 03 2020]
||Mood tracking apps are WKTE but this idea is broader than
them. They do not aggregate scores across people.
||What is the difference between happiness, contentedness, and ignorance?
||If it is self-reported, how do you deal with reporting bias? i.e. I am very happy outside flying my kite, but my neighbour is at home feeling grumpy and logging on every 4 minutes to update his lack of happiness status.
||per-individual reports can be registered once per unit of time, and the score from last time can be kept if there is no update. How do you keep people from lying about how happy they are? You know, if we just pass around enough heroin we'll increase happiness 500%
||You need to establish why this is a desirable goal. Happiness is overrated. Interesting is much better.
||I'll take both. 2020 could be called "interesting."
||[Chronological] I like your idea, you could possibly improve it by adding a dimension of what kind of people are made happy by what.
||There is a scientific version of the Myers Briggs type Indicator (MBTI) called the Big Five personality test. I think something like the MBTI, or some other type classification system with a plurality of types could be made by finding the most frequently occurring clusters of big five scores. That would distinguish extroverted people who like thinking, approach things from a perspective of feeling, who are tidy and well organized, from timid people who like physical sensations, like thinking and facts, and are messy. These personality cluster types would have their own happiness database sortables, and products offered, changes made, and opportunities created to bring happiness to the different types.
||//What is the difference between happiness, contentedness, and ignorance? //
||Um... only one of those words can fill in the blank of the following sentence;
"I was beaten, abused, discarded and left in a state of utter "________".
||David Pearce would love this idea. See link for my recent thoughts on the
dimensions that are common to all MBTI types, though, are different and
arguably more actionable than the categories described in the Maslow's
||I think Facebook owns this idea. We would have to get their permission to use the like and unlike concept, even if we call it happiness and unhappiness. Then we should pop over to Google Analytics to get their permission to track it and sell it back to government agencies for their usage.
||I think they have the proof of concept all worked out!
||// I think Facebook owns this idea.
||[tumblewit], can't be true. Most people in China never heard of it.
||There is such a thing as being "too happy". Just ask
my coworkers. They don't all like my perpetual
happiness and like to try and squelch it on a regular
basis. For them, I have my fake UnHaPpy look. It's a
cross between a smile and a gag.