Happiness! Happiness! The greatest gift that I possess.I thank the
Lord that I possess, more than my share of happiness!
So sang Ken Dodd back in 1964. And after making people laugh for more than 60 years, Doddy has learned that if you bring happiness to other people, it’ll make you happy too.
Why else would he still be taking his “Happiness” tour around packed theatres at the age of 88?
It’s not as if he needs the money . . . as some of us remember!
Four years after Doddy’s song reached Number 14 in the charts, The Beatles suggested that “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”.
I don’t suppose a song with that title would get much radio airplay in 2016 and as I’m partial to the occasional pastry, taken fresh from the oven, I prefer to think that happiness is a warm bun.
It’s not easy to come up with a definitive description of happiness that would apply to everyone, because what makes one person happy, such as their football team winning a match, baffles anyone not interested in football.
Likewise, football fans may not understand why finding a rare vinyl album in a second-hand shop might bring a warm glow to the heart of a collector.
Most of us only realise how relatively happy and contented we are when something suddenly occurs out of the blue to make us unhappy.
If you’re a Swansea resident, chances are you’re happy most of the time because a recent survey by a well-known property website revealed that out of 100 towns and cities in the United Kingdom, your city has been voted the 33rd happiest place to live.
Topping the list is Leigh-On-Sea in Essex, followed by Troon, Harrogate, Hertford and Lytham St Anne’s.
How was the list compiled?
Well, 24,000 people across the United Kingdom were asked to rank 12 factors about their local area, including friendliness of their neighbours, how much they feel they can be themselves and the quality of local services.
Two major reasons why residents were happy with their home towns, were ‘space’ and ‘close proximity to the sea/a beach’.
Considering Hertford and Harrogate are land-locked, I’m surprised that Swansea, with its own beach plus the glorious Mumbles and The Gower right on the doorstep, isn’t Number One!
Incidentally, Cardiff was way down the list at Number 93.
I bet that put a smile on your face!