"Happiness is not something we can be given, because it is not something we have, but something we do. Not something we consume, but something we produce. Not a destination, but a way of travelling.The paper which received this award can be downloaded here, and a fascinating and effective rebuttal of the ideas of people like Richard Layard it is too.
Thank you very much for this award. Have fun. You know, Belgium is actually
one of the few countries that have experienced a significant decline in self-reported well-being in the last decades. But now that Belgium has been without a proper government for four months, I guess it is back up there amongst the happiest countries of the world.
Enjoy the rest of the evening, and remember that the key to lasting authentic happiness is simple - get friends, get married, get rich, stay healthy
and avoid communism".
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Are people getting happier in Belgium?
A quotation from Johan Norberg relayed to the Capitalist Ball 2007 on the occasion of his receiving a prize from the Centre for a New Europe,