According to a recent New York Times article, people all across the globe share the same aspiration: to be happy. This can be found even in the opening of Beyoncé’s song Pretty Hurts. She states to a reporter who questions her on her aspiration in life, “Oh well my aspiration in life would be… to be happy.” A recent study across the world seems to agree with Mrs. Knowles. Among the highest countries rated in this study conducted by the UK are Denmark and Bhutan. Now, happiness is an abstract idea so how did these scientists conducting the study measure it? They based this concept off of 6 main components:
-G.P.D per capita.
-Perceived freedom to make life decisions.
The study also looked at the distribution of happiness across the country. Is happiness well distributed or is there a great discrepancy between those who are happy and those who are not? Countries in the Middle East and Latin America had varying levels of happiness in their countries, while Denmark reported having fairly evenly distributed happiness levels. Distribution of wealth had some, but not all, of the driving force behind this. Another factor in happiness levels that many studies agree with is that behaving altruistically leads to happier people all around. The New York Times article states it as a ‘win-win’ situation that all benefit from.
In terms of IMT, a person can draw many similarities between the results from this study and the core material of Information Measurement Theory. The first being that happiness stems off of certain things, In the case of ‘perceived freedom to make life decisions,’ the basis of IMT supports this well. A person who perceives that they create their decisions versus their environment dictating their life events is a much more peace and will certainly be able to check this box. Trust is also a big similarity here. Those who are able to trust in themselves will choose people who are trustworthy and stable to be on their molecule. Therefore, they can “trust” those around them. This person also “trusts” that there is exactly one way an event can happen. While another person might see a certain life event as a setback, this person will see it as a stepping stone. Lastly, a person who behaves altruistically will be happier, and IMT can also back this idea up. Those who behave in a win-lose mindset are more like to fall into silos and isolate themselves. Doesn’t sound like a happy environment right? A win-win motto gives a person that good feeling in return by helping others, this strengthens relationships on the person’s molecule making for a very happy environment indeed.