‘LG Happiness Index’ Uncovers Upbeat National Psyche

By Prne, Gaea News Network
Sunday, July 26, 2009


- Survey Reveals That, Despite the Economic Climate, the Nation Remains Positive - 78 per cent of people in the UK are happy at the moment - 67 per cent of people are happiest when spending time with family and friends - Factors that cause sadness were attributed to family and health issues as opposed to the current economic climate

It’s clear that the quintessentially British spirit is shining through, despite the current economic climate. According to the ‘LG Happiness Index’, 78 per cent of Brits claim to be happy at the moment. Based on a scale of 1 - 10, the poll found that the nation’s average happiness rating is 7.2.

With 67 per cent of people citing that they felt the happiest when spending time with friends and family, the index highlights the importance of a support network that can act as a catalyst for well-being.

Psychologist Cary Cooper from Lancaster University, comments on the independent survey commissioned by LG Electronics, “It is interesting to see that people remain positive and focus on the simpler things in life to lift their mood and unlock feelings of positivity.” Simpler things in life, according to the poll conducted this summer, include spending time with friends and family, watching a favourite band play live, or participating in or, at least, watching a sporting event.

The results also showed that people generally get happier as they get older. People in their 60s and 70s have the highest ‘happiness quotient’ with 7.7, compared to people in their 20s who generally had the lowest quotient with 7.0. This is mirrored by the remarkable variation in priorities between the different age groups, with people in their 20s rating their social and love lives high on the agenda and people in higher age groups focusing much more on their family and health.

Furthermore, the survey found that the people in London, the North East, the North West and Scotland are the happiest. In contrast, although those that live in East Anglia, the East Midlands and the South East score lower than the national average of 7.2, the general mood remained positive.

Region Happiness rating London 7.5 North East 7.5 North West 7.5 Scotland 7.5 Wales 7.4 South West 7.3 West Midlands 7.2 Northern Ireland 7.1 Yorkshire & Humberside 6.9 East Anglia 6.8 East Midlands 6.7 South East 6.7

Interestingly, however, the poll found no clear gender divide amongst male and female respondents. Both sexes were equally optimistic with 7.2 on the happiness scale.

Explaining why the research was undertaken, Paul Meadows, head of brand at LG Electronics comments, “consumer insight is at the heart of everything we do - from product development through to consumer engagement initiatives such as live sporting and music events that people can enjoy together. We embarked upon this research to understand the current temperament of the British psyche and what we have found is that the simple things in life can truly make a difference to people’s well-being.”

Contact: LG Press Office, lgbrand@fireflycomms.com, +44(0)20-7386-1551

Source: LG Electronics

Contact: LG Press Office, lgbrand at fireflycomms.com, +44(0)20-7386-1551


Anirudh Kumar Satsangi
November 29, 2009: 11:46 am

A Scientific Understanding of Meditation and Yoga

In Bhagavad-Gita Lord SriKrishna says to Arjun:
“I taught this immortal Yoga to Vivasvan (sun-god), Vivasvan conveyed it to Manu(his son), and Manu imparted it to (his son) Iksvaku. Thus transmitted to succession from father to son, Arjun, this Yoga remained known to the Rajarisis (royal sages). It has however long since disappeared from this earth. The same ancient Yoga has this day been imparted to you by Me, because you are My devotee and friend, and also because this is a supreme secret”.

Yoga (Application) which was based on the control of the body physically and implied that a perfect control over the body and the senses led to knowledge of the ultimate reality. A detailed anatomical knowledge of the human body was necessary to the advancement of yoga and therefore those practising yoga had to keep in touch with medical knowledge. (Romila Thapar, A History of India, volume one).

I suggest : Mind and brain are two distinct things. Brain is anatomical entity whereas mind is functional entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system (ANS). It is claimed that mind can be brought under conscious control through the practice of meditation. But how? ANS is largely under hypothalamic control which is situated very close to optic chiasma (sixth chakra or ajna chakra). Protracted practice of concentration to meditate at this region brings functions of ANS say mind under one’s conscious control.

Although Danah Zohar has coined the term Spiritual Quotient for the first time but she did not establish any mathematical relationship for this. Without establishing mathematical relationship spiritual intelligence can not be termed as spiritual quotient.

Deepak Chopra has given a formula of spiritual quotient in terms of Deed (D) and Ego (E). According to Deepak Chopra S.Q.=D/E. According to him if E is ‘zero’ the S.Q. will be infinite. This appears to be very fascinating but it is highly abstract which can not be measured experimentally accurately and precisely. However, this formula has immense value to understand S.Q.

I have also discovered a mathematical relationship for S.Q about eight years back in 2001. I have used physiological parameters which can be measured accurately and precisely and can be tested and verified experimentally. According to this formula S.Q. can be expressed as the ratio of parasympathetic dominance (P.D.) to sympathetic dominance (S.D.). Parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) are the two parts of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which is largely under hypothalamic control. Hypothalamus is situated very close to the Sixth Chakra. During practice of meditation at Sixth Chakra these centres are galvanized which has very positive effect on practitioners spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well being.

According to this relationship spiritual quotient can be written as:

S.Q. = P.D./S.D.

If the value of S.Q. comes >1 (greater than one), it can be assumed that the person is moving towards self-realisation and if the value of S.Q. comes <1 (smaller than one) it can be predicted that the person is living under stress.

This formula can be tested and verified experimentally.

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