How to measure happiness and what happiness is is sort of what I wanted to discuss, too, because I figured it was evident everything we did was to content ourselves, or to make ourselves and/or other people happy. I may be wrong, but I don't see it yet if i'm ever going to see it.
Anyway, outside agents effect the outcome of our actions so that acting "perfect" according to this moral code doesn't mean we will be happy all the time, nor does it mean we will ever be truly happy. When you consider which action to take in the pursuit of happiness, we must be able to judge what action will produce more happiness than others through our own reflection of our thoughts and feelings & other living things' thoughts and feelings. Here, we use happiness its self in order to gauge what will create more of our purpose, because we imagine how we feel and determine by each feeling which one made us more happy, and we take action in direction to the hypothesis that we thought we would enjoy the most. Taking action for other people, we have to use our own experiences with happiness, empathy, and a wealth of knowledge of what helps people in their pursuit through life. I suppose that a way to measure general happiness of people is the lack of pain, suffering, and torment. The less of this, which I imagine is the opposite of good, the happier the people are.
So, I suppose general happiness would be measured through the lack of a negative purpose, and personal happiness is measured through reflection of the feeling its self. I imagine we can tell when we're happy and when we're not, and I imagine we tell through experiencing different levels of feelings of happiness and recognizing the pleasure it produces in us.
What makes this test so sound? I'm not so sure it's sound, I hope you can help me out with that, but it's simply profound to me that we can say everyone is in the pursuit of happiness, whether that's consciously or subconsciously, and then say that whatever produces our goal in life is good, and whatever produces its negative is bad. The theory of measuring happiness is only deduction, I believe, because the more happiness we're going to have, the less unhappiness we're going to have, and we can tell which is more abundant by the presence of this feeling "happiness" and the rate at which it occurs along with the retrograding production of our negative purpose--of pain, suffering, and torment.
We would know if the world was happy, and we could be able to prove this hypothesis right or wrong, theoretically, if everyone participated, seeing happiness grow from people to people and country to country, right?