Ant Cameron is quoted as believing that "the country would be better off if we thought about well-being as well as economic growth". I'm sure that Dec Clegg agrees but he's busy justifying himself to people to whom he lied. ("No more broken promises" he promised.)
But back to our reasons to be cheerful. Marx believed that: "it is not the consciousness of man that determines their being but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.’
(This has been shortened and simplified by people like Clinton into "It's the economy, stupid".)
And because that is the case, the happiness index is probably going to end up as a measure of misery.
Today's listening: Jean-Luc Ponty/Frank Zappa, America Drinks Up and Goes Home".