Telegraph article: Eating your greens will not make you happy, finds Government-backed study
Children allowed to eat sweets and watch television in moderation score higher for “well-being” than those not allowed to at all, study funded by Department of Health concludes
Happiness as reported by children is not happiness as observed and felt in children - who are learning to develop an inner persona as a means of self-becoming, and an outer persona as a means of self-protection.
Happiness is innate. That which embodies it, extends its qualities. The substitute of external stimulations is a kind of 'prison food' and effects a sense of disconnection from the movement of one's very being. A loss or covering over of a natural intimacy within.
Data collection via disembodied mentality within the attempt to control - COULD be carried out happily - but true happiness not only knows its joy - it is open to and part of the joy of others.
Happiness is generally sacrificed - our young are sacrificed - to a loveless god. Call it the 'real world' if you want, but it is an agreement to look anywhere but on love's desecration and therefore NOT feel the urgent inner need to realign oneself to a deep and genuine self-honesty and thus step free of fearful division.
The persona, once negatively aligned in segregated sense of self, works against its own happiness by seeking a self-protective control. The abundant sparkle and vitality of youth is spent in self-defeating struggle. However happiness remains our innate condition and leaks out or bleeds through its prison in so many ways, and much in our life is felt as a pleasure or a good - but is seen ONLY in the world of conditions and not recognized within. Thus we fear losing even what we have and cannot really enjoy.
It takes one to know one. The self you look out from is the world you perceive and share. But no one else decides the choice you make. Decide to be happy by not using the mentality of unhappiness as if it will get or bring you something you feel denied or deprived of. Rest through the shite to find and be found in a wholeness of being. If YOU want. There's no other reason to be happy than YOU want to have and to hold and to share... what you are. In your own inherently unique way.
Coercion distorts and blocks happiness. True happiness is free from coercive intent.