So it’s official. Stiff-upper-lip-Brits have gone all touchy-feely. Today the Guardian Newspaper reported that “The UK government is poised to start measuring people’s psychological and environmental wellbeing, bidding to be among the first countries to officially monitor happiness.”
On this dull, dark afternoon in London, we UK-based Newsfeeders can’t imagine that the survey will find the Brits in the throes of estactic jubilation. While some nationalities run hot and cold, the Brits do tepid better than any other tribe; they seem to have the emotional constitution of a used tea bag. You should see the way they flinch when we Americans end conversations with “have a nice day.” Of course, this equanimity proves useful in times of adversity; “Keep Calm and Carry On” was a motto that got the Brits through the Blitz and has reappeared during the current economic downturn. So why suddenly the obsession with happiness?