The results of the first national ‘happiness index’ in relation to London are hardly surprising. This the survey that David Cameron commissioned the Office for National Statistics in UK with to find out what made people happy, and which has recently been published. What makes you happy?
Tony Travers, director of LSE London, says:
“The city can be attractive and stressful at the same time. It is the relationship between anxiety and productivity that makes London work so well. The price you pay for the rewards of living in London is stress and anxiety.”
Up until now, I had seen stress as an integral part of living in London. Certainly not as a prize I had to pay for those rewards. Pressure is necessary to make us take action, although it is not easy to ask the guy next to you to turn the volume down while on the Overground or manage the difficulties that we are all going to have during the Olympics (ooops, sorry, writing that word here was banned, I believe?)
Life is certainly very stressful, and it is something we need to manage. Smiling can be hard. What makes you smile with happiness? I have found some pictures in today’s Metro of a lady who makes very real food items. I smiled at the possibility of wanting to tuck into a curry and find out it is a cake!
Here are Steph Parker’s fake bakes! Some of them even have moving parts and motors.