Has the pandemic changed our conception of happiness?

It is striking to see public transport advertising. Among the old slogans was “and if you leave visit the bay of Rio? “. After the covid it’s “and if you go visit the Bay of Somme? “. The Himalayan mountains have also been replaced by their French counterparts: the Forez mountains. We have changed our exoticism, we prefer proximity, teleworking and are looking for professions now in search of meaning. We can see this this summer with the difficulty employers have in recruiting. There can be no doubt, our happiness has changed but it has always been difficult to define it.

According to a survey “World Happiness Report” which takes into account different data from the country, we have never been so happy: the Frenchman occupies 20th place out of 40… But how much has the Covid made us think about our happiness? We are crumbling on books and methods of personal development, a new French passion? What are we going to do with the cliché of the depressed Frenchman?

Interview excerpts

A questioning
Retraining, settling in the countryside, separation… There are many post-lockdown changes and the Covid-19 health crisis. Why ?
For Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman, these radical changes in life after the crisis are “comparable to those made by people faced with illness or a natural disaster… Traumatized people question themselves and reevaluate their priorities. And often they find the energy to change their life, job or spouse… We also see this in young people who refuse longer days, or boring jobs: they rank their priorities”.
Live your own life
At the time of the health crisis, death was very present. Alexandre Jost recalls that “one of the great regrets of the dying is to have lived their life according to criteria desired by others”. Hence the importance of professional retraining. What Jonathan Lehmann approved: “I was a business lawyer. I realized that I was living an aspiration that was not mine. But, I had to suffer a lot to take the plunge. Perhaps this confinement has distributed enough suffering to some to get started. »
Changes in values
Even if Alexandre Jost warns against a perhaps privileged vision of happiness, Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman has observed “a refocusing of individuals on more lasting things. As the outings were no longer available, we, for example, took stock of what we could do with the time available. “. Fabrice Midal adds: “We live in a society where we are always asked for more. Or take care of me, is not incidental. And maybe there, people were able to land. »

Jonathan Lehmann thinks that the confinement has pushed to see things differently: “There is a questioning of the competition, and of the hierarchical aspect. People want to be less comparing, but more collaborating. Alexandre Jost: “A study has shown that we tend to overestimate the satisfaction that material goods bring. Nature can bring us benefits of stronger emotions. »

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To find out more about the Spinoza Factory

The Spinoza Factory is organizing the 2nd session of the Blessed this fall, happiness workshops inspired by Science, and focused on practical everyday issues: Money, Work, Nature, Sex, Housing, etc. More info on www.lesbienheureux.org/

It also publishes this fall a study “New workspaces and employee experience: a strategic revolution revisited in the light of the Covid crisis”.

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