I know I’m not the only person who questions exactly what the point of life is. It’s pretty bizarre after all isn’t it? You’re born, you are encouraged to accumulate all kinds of material possessions you don’t need, you die. The End.
Along the way, we are bombarded with ideas and images of ‘happiness’ – the books we should read, the places we should visit, the money we need to earn to be happy. It feels like there is a lot of pressure to strive for more and more extreme ways of achieving happiness, as though the only path to personal fulfillment involves skydiving off the Eiffel Tower, en route to a trek, barefoot, through some obscure mountain range.
Personally, I’m more a fan of life’s simple pleasures. (Read here about my perfect day with Colin Firth and some bagels…). I’ve always thought this was mainly down to laziness or a lack of imagination on my part, but a survey published in the Daily Mail today shows I am not alone. You could say of course that empathising with Daily Mail readers isn’t exactly something to boast about, but the survey was actually conducted on behalf of Radio 3, so I think that’s ok…
The survey reveals that the simple pleasures are indeed the best – the pinnacle of happiness being watching TV and eating pizza. Whilst living in East Anglia. East Anglia?? Apparently so.
What I’m less convinced by is the result that showed that money is the single most important key to satisfaction, ahead of health and relationships. Seriously, do these people think that being lonely and ill, but surrounded by piles of cash would be more fulfilling than sitting in a slightly damp bedsit, enjoying TV and cheap pizza with someone you love? I’m doubtful.
There was a brilliant video on The Guardian website last week about what motivates us at work. And surprise, surprise, it isn’t money. (Do watch it – it’s amazing…).
What do you reckon? Is pizza and TV as good as it gets or can money buy you happiness?
Today then, rather than earning any money, I thought I might just settle down on the sofa with the Dominos menu. That and move to Norwich obviously.