There is trouble in jolly ol' England, that only government intervention can solve... Or maybe not.
"The global financial crisis has sparked a wave of debate about whether economic growth or inner well-being should be the top priority for ministers."
David Cameron introduced a new "happiness index" for the UK as an alternative to GDP and the first results, published in July, showed the average adult rated 7.4 out of ten for life satisfaction.
But critics have condemned the £2m-a-year cost of the well-being survey, which will be sent to 200,000 households per year until 2015 and was designed with help from Lord Layard, the economist.
New findings by a team of psychologists led by Dr Brock Bastian at the University of Queensland in Australia suggest that a constant emphasis on looking for positive emotions tends to make people more miserable.
"There is plenty of work showing that pursuing happiness as a goal is counter-productive because when we fail to achieve our goals we feel disappointed and this serves to push the goal further away," said Dr Bastian.
"In short, when people perceive that others think they should feel happy, and not sad, this leads them to feel sad more frequently and intensely. Government campaigns focusing on happiness need to acknowledge that true happiness is actually found in a mixture of positive and negative emotion."
Phillip Hodson, a fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, said the research highlighted the important truth that "although you cannot just talk people out of depression you can instantly make them feel worse by criticising their despair."
He said it is possible to teach "the skills of happiness" but added: "Happiness requires contrasts - it doesn't exist except as a comparison. So in order to be joyful you must sometimes be sad."
I reject the idea that the government should be involved in my happiness. I can't think of anything that would make me less happy than the government trying to make me happy. Now are there things the government can indirectly do to increase the well being of its citizens? Yes. Parts of the following video have some merit.