“Happiness comes from the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to
think freely, to risk life, to be needed.” - Storm Jameson
Remember the nursery rhyme - ‘The more we get together - the happier
It would appear that society is going in the opposite direction. A recent
study found that people spend 34% of their spare time by themselves.
Time spent with family and friends dropped 58%.
We are socializing less - no time, no inclination.
We are more stressed - with work and personal responsibilities
We are less active physically - everything is available at the press of a
button, in our kitchens, entertainment areas etc.
Perhaps this is also the reason for the degree of stress in society, which is
showing up with some very negative results, and which is being aggravated
by having two spouses working, and less time available to spend with the
All this flies in the face of the perception that money and conveniences can
buy happiness. More than wealth, income and conveniences is the need
for social interaction, because we are a social species.
With the lesser social interaction, we also face concerns of less personal
safety, security and trust. All pointing to the need for more social
interaction, sharing and consulting with others, and making a break from
then rut and routine we are in.
We need to socialize more! - That is face to face instead of, or in addition
to the Internet social networking.
We need to generate more humor and laughter! - Instead of relying to be
entertained by the electronic media.