What makes Aussies happy?
Well I am guessing the very same things that make people all over the world happy.
According to the 2008 Australian Happiness Index, rest, relaxation and entertainment topped the list for both men and women in the index, with quality time with your partner also making the top four for each sex.
But that's where the similarities end.
Australian men are happiest when they are having sex or surfing the net, but women prefer to get their endorphins racing by caring for their families, having meals with friends and petting their pooches.
So what’s that bird got to do with any of this?
Well I think birds can teach us a lot about ourselves.
The photo above (by Andy Rouse) is of an Osprey in flight.
You may notice that the bird is carrying a twig.
He is carrying it back to his female.
Every time the male offers the female a twig, she mates with him.
Now look at the intensity in that bird's face. He's like a man on a mission.
He knows he is heading straight for happiness.
And I guess his female, if she had any sense, is lying back with a cocktail in hand, watching the four walls of their home being renovated around her thinking about which new fish recipe she might try for dinner with friends.
Wonder what kind of pets birds have?
And what's the betting that these little Osprey urban dwellers chose that utility pole to build their home because they, like us, know that “you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much bandwidth.”
See, we are so alike. I jest.
Maybe happiness comes from the simple things in life. And it's no more complex than that.
Maybe, I could be a whole lot happier; perhaps I just need to find a man who brings me twigs (um after reading Gran's comment on this post mmm, I meant a man who ......., oh I think I'll leave it before I make it worse, give me some puffs of that asthma inhaler Gran (Gran Speaks).
Do you agree with the Happiness Index? What makes you happy?
Have a great Sunday!