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  • Why are we unhappy?

    If you have a look at the latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index report (which you can find here: Australian Unity Wellbeing Index), you'll see that Perth and Sydney are the unhappiest places in Australia. There's an article about Sydney here, with a brief mention of Perth: NSW election | Sydney is a sadder, meaner, angrier city. There are a couple of reasons offered for Perth's problem in the report: Firstly, they propose that we're unhappy because we're the most isolated city in the world. That can't be completely true, though, because we're not - but remoteness might be a factor, of course. Secondly, they propose that we're suffering from the mining boom because we have a lot of transient workers now. This, in turn, makes our communities less cohesive.

    I'd be interested to hear what people think are the reasons for our unhappiness.
    "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice." Albert Einstein

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    Its too bloody hot to ride!
    Smoke me a kipper...I'll be home in time for breakfast

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sventek View Post
      I'd be interested to hear what people think are the reasons for our unhappiness.
      You want to find out why people aren't happy because you want to propogate and nurture the reason.
      I'm sure this is a large portion of your workload ;o)

      Bert
      It's better to be thought stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubt

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      • #4
        Seriously, I just cant see that Perth is that isolated- its a bloody capital city! Isolated from what? Transport? People? Services? Shops? Clubs? Crime? Alcohol? Basic human needs? Fucking what??!!! The Eastern states? Whats so good about them that a bit of physical distance from them is consistently cited as 'Isolation'?
        One reason Ive heard is "I left my family/ friends to work in the mines over here- I hate the place". Well, that is your decision. I too came here for the work (plus I lived here as a kid and had good memories) and I like it. I went to Queensland for work and hated it so I left! If you cant handle the 'sacrifice' of being here then fuck off- I cant stand people who whinge about their lives but do nothing to change it!

        Remoteness....thats when you break down in the middle of the desert and help is hours/ days/ weeks away. Possibly you could also apply this to an uncaring/ uncohesive community, however, i have found Perth to be the friendliest city to live in so far. If I collapsed down the street, I would be helped. In Adelaide they would only stop to rob you, in Cairns tourists would take pics and debate in a foreign language what to do- theres no locals left, Tasmanians wouldn't help you because you weren't born there, and Victorians would prob run over you with their shit driving.

        On a more scholarly note, I think one factor may be the commercialism that is somewhat encouraged by high income mine workers, and the rank imbalance of incomes earned in other industries.
        Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground...

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        • #5
          House prices? Shitting driving? Colin Barnett? Otherwise... as long as you don't mind living in a cultural vacuum, Perth it great.
          Whatcha gonna do? Rap is not afraid of you
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          • #6
            Perth has always been isolated. With plane fares, ease of communication (and lower cost) etc though it's now less isolated than it's ever been before. So I tend to discount that hypothesis.

            We're under a hell of a lot of pressure here. Where it was the done thing 30 years ago to get a steady job, buy a house, have a hobby or two and people were a lot happier (but still more miserable than they were 50 years before that)... now no-one can afford a house on their own as they come out of their uni/apprenticeship, everything costs more, every second person is saying "LOL: want more money go work on minez", lots of people working FIFO and it's all just hard.
            "Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey."

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            • #7
              Crappy government? we have no decent sporting events/ Infrastructure to burn off steam on weekends, nightlife is non-existant, food and beverages cost an arm and a leg, in fact most things do. Thats just being pessimistic however, at the end of the day life is only as crappy as we view it.
              :stupid:

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              • #8
                I wasn't aware that I was supposed to be unhappy.

                Thanks a fucking lot!
                Being an Australian is not an excuse for being dumb and racist.

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                • #9
                  id guess its mostly younger people that are unhappy, compaired to say melb perth might be abit dull for night life and ways to consume alcohole. i hardly drink and i love the beach so i find perth to be a paradise.

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                  • #10
                    According to the survey results, it seems that young people are the happiest by far. It's people from 35-55 who are worst (from memory).
                    "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice." Albert Einstein

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                    • #11
                      Me - I am stuck at uni for another year doing my Mech eng degree (thank f**k it's the last year...) - I want to end up in proj. management, not number crunching and have 10 year experience as a senior draftsman... FFS just give me the bloody degree already and let me get on with my life... I have met plenty of engineers that I can do the job better than already.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sventek View Post
                        According to the survey results, it seems that young people are the happiest by far. It's people from 35-55 who are worst (from memory).
                        I would believe that, direct link between stress and happiness.
                        We are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that's no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GETAGRIP View Post
                          I would believe that, direct link between stress and happiness.
                          Yap and dont forget the direct link between the elderly and grumpiness.
                          Being an Australian is not an excuse for being dumb and racist.

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                          • #14
                            I like Perth. And i like that remote feeling you get when your driving up the coast to some awesome fishing spot. We have wonderful beaches, got a desert to go play in got some wonderful forest down south. Wineries , chocolate factories, breweries. One of the best places in the world.

                            What im unhappy about is i have to work and save up a shit load to go have fun in my own backyard, all of our resources and money are getting taken elsewhere.
                            Im generaly very happy with my life, got a wicked sticks motorbike and i can go meet other murdercyclists pretty much any time of the week. I can skip over abit of a puddle and be in one of the most laid back countries iv ever been to ( New Zealand ). Or i can fly up to bali or thailand and come back with any number of cock killing viruses. Or i can drive up the coast and spend a week in a tent on the beach and fishing in the Indian ocean and just generally just have a good time.

                            People just need to learn to relax abit and enjoy life. And fuck off that on call on the weekend crap.
                            A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

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                            • #15
                              It's because nobody ever fills my glass.
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