Household Water Newsletter for July 2012

Here is an excerpt from my latest monthly newsletter on global news in the point-of-use water treatment sector. Point-of-use water treatment and safe storage is a process used by millions of people around the world to improve the quality of their drinking water to reduce the risk of contracting diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. These diseases kill between 1.5 million and 2 million people a year.

International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
Newsletter, July 2012

Greetings Colleagues,

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Happiness

WORK MORE – MAKE MORE MONEY – BUY MORE STUFF SO WE CAN BE HAPPIER [repeat vicious cycle as desired]

Only we have the power to choose what makes us happy – and that can be unbridled materialism and consumption or just hanging out with friends, family or a good book. This notion is at the centre of why I think that economic growth is a flawed and incomplete measure of society’s progress.

Excerpt from the article linked below: “We may be answering the wrong question. The question is not how much happiness children bring or take, but how good is the happiness? We need to return to a precept that social philosophers and religious texts have long extolled: that a good life is not one centered around squeezing as much pleasure out of life as possible.

Does having kids make you less happy?
By Amitai Etzioni

Like the annual outbreaks of flu, every year brings a new round of attacks on having and raising children. Some years, it takes the form of articles pointing out how expensive children are. You could buy a fully loaded Porsche for the $250,000 a child costs you these days, we are told.