Beginning in the spring of 2011, the government of the United Kingdom will conduct regular surveys of the happiness and well-being of its citizens. Here are some of the variables that will be measured:

  • Ratio of compliments received per pounds spent on shoes
  • How often you check that no one's looking and say, "Tits"
  • How often one sells out the Royal Albert Hall
  • Stiffness vs. pliability of upper lip
  • Distance in miles from Simon Cowell
  • How often one has just the perfect bit of beans on toast
  • Number of perfectly good pieces of string salvaged from the rubbish bin on monthly basis
  • Number of fake laughs per hour vs. number of sad laughs per hour