See if you can take one hour away from your busy life and watch this film. Here's the trailer, only 3 minutes, then there's a link to watch it free here http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_economics_of_happiness/ or if you want it not to be free then money goes to the independent film maker for rent or download here https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theeconomicsofhappiness.
If it's not usually your thing then give it ten minutes and see how how it goes.....
Description from filmsforaction.org :
Economic globalization has led to a massive
expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has
also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic
conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability
and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of
people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have
less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness
describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On
the one hand, government and big business continue to promote
globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same
time, all around the world people are resisting those policies,
demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old
institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different
future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale,
ecological economies based on a new paradigm -- an economics of
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana
Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac
Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's
government in exile. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give
us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The
good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to
heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The
Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us
to believe that it is possible to build a better world.