Positive signs in a tough time
Well, well, well we’re happy! Apparently. Despite all that’s going on in Ireland right now, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released a report of Social Indicators 2011 – society at a glance – and it seems we’re still a very happy nation.
Along with spending the most time with our children above all the other OECD countries, our sense of community is on the return. The Irish are the second highest in the OECD for citizens volunteering time, giving money and helping a stranger. 60% of people on average had done so in the previous month of the conducted survey. That is a hugely encouraging as well as impressive figure.
There’s all sorts of other stuff in the report about us cooking less, but hey, that’s because we’re out there helping each other. Last week the Dalai Lama told Ireland that compassion and affection are the key to happiness. So it’s great judging by these indicators that we already see the value in these virtues.
So while we’re on the spirit of volunteering, helping and giving can we take the opportunity to point out our mycharity profile. Just in case you would be running any marathons or taking on any new challenges and would like to raise funds for a good cause.
However, if you’re not feeling that you contribute to all of these cheerful statistics and could do with a pick-me up, have a read of tips for increasing your happiness.