Experts are suggesting the pursuit of happiness has created the very problems it was designed to protect.
They say young people now expect easy success as an emotional human right, and crumble into suicidal depression when faced with adversity.
Young people from the most affluent and protective backgrounds are the most at risk.
Yale University found last year that adults who follow tips in magazines on how to be happy often feel worse — due to disappointment at the 'you can be happier' promise proving hollow.
A review of happiness studies at Surrey University came to the conclusion that people are born with their self-esteem levels pre-set for life.
And another study at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London, seems to reveal that adversity works like a vaccine - a little adversity when people are young helps build up defences for later.
Maybe Proverbs 24:10 was right all along: "If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited."
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Richard Barter and Bob McCoskrie share their opinions about the donation made to the ACT party, discipline in schools and the pursuit of happiness.
Listen below for The Panel.
Dr Erica Chadwick earned a Phd from Victoria University for a study on happiness and how to find it. She shares about the topic and what the findings of her research showed.
Listen below for the interview.
Bob McCroskie and David Farrer discuss the DPB in relation to getting mothers back to work and them being better off or not.
What Makes New Zealanders Happy?
If you have a good work/life balance, you keep fit, you’re active in your community, and leaning to the political right, you’re probably happier than your average Kiwi neighbour.
According to a recent poll my UMR research, who surveyed 750 New Zealanders over 18, they came up with some surprising and not so surprising results as to what makes Kiwi’s happy.
Of the more vain statistics found, 1 in four of us think we’re more good looking than average, but that didn’t correspond to being more happy.
Gavin White, a Research Director at UMR, discusses the whole story below.
Paula Bennett On Welfare Reforms
Work testing obligations are about to change for solo parents on the DPB.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed the move as part of the Government's welfare reforms, announced yesterday.
Currently, part time work obligations are applied to DPB recipients when their child turns six. Ms Bennett says they're now taking that back to five years old, and a parent on the DPB will now be full time work tested when their youngest child is 14.
Ms Bennett describes just what she means by work testing in the audio below.
"Where are the jobs?" is quickly becoming a catch-cry from opposition parties as the government moves on its promised overhaul of the welfare system.
Young people will receive incentives for going into training, mothers forced into part or full time work, and rent and power paid directly out of benefits for some people as part of the changes.
Welfare commentator and blogger, Lindsay Mitchell believes our rapidly ageing population, will provide some of those job opportunities.
Listen below for the whole story.
Brent talks about the positive onset of new ways to get medicine to people who have curable diseases but are too poor to get treated.
Money Guy - Andrew L'almont
Andrew talks about how the 'small print' can, in some circumstances, work out for the good.
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