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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Then we're essentially discussing what makes people happy.
    Sort of...but a little more than that. Why are more people able to do/be certain things that make them happy in Finland than in the United Kingdom?

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    I'd say doing as little as possible and recieving the most in return is what makes most people happy.
    I completely disagree with this. I'd be downright miserable if I was doing as little as possible, no matter how much I was rewarded for it.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    For anyone who is interested: Science Daily also did a study of this same issue in 2006. They studied the issue worldwide, instead of just among OECD nations as Forbes Magazine did. Here were Science Daily's results:

    1. Denmark
    2. Switzerland
    3. Austria
    4. Iceland
    5. Bahamas
    6. Finland
    7. Sweden
    8. Bhutan
    9. Brunei
    10. Canada
    11. Ireland
    12. Luxembourg
    13. Costa Rica
    14. Malta
    15. Netherlands
    16. Antigua and Barbuda
    17. Malaysia
    18. New Zealand
    19. Norway
    20. The Seychelles
    ...
    23. United States
    35. Germany
    41. United Kingdom
    62. France
    82. China
    90. Japan
    125. India
    167. Russia
    ...
    176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    177. Zimbabwe
    178. Burundi

    Psychologist Produces The First-ever 'World Map Of Happiness'

    I thought #8 was interesting. Bhutan is the only nation in the world that explicitly prioritizes "Gross National Happiness" over Gross National Product.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    In 2008, the World Values Survey determined that the happiest nations (including OECD and non-OECD alike) were:

    1. Denmark
    2. Puerto Rico
    3. Colombia
    4. Iceland
    5. Northern Ireland
    6. Ireland
    7. Switzerland
    8. Netherlands
    9. Canada
    10. Austria

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    A couple of these aren't technically countries, but nevertheless interesting. War-torn nations like Colombia and Northern Ireland manage to rank higher than their more peaceful neighbors. Perhaps it's because things are improving so rapidly in those nations, that they compare their lives to how bad things were before?

    And the Danes seem to be the hands-down winner in all of these surveys.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sort of...but a little more than that. Why are more people able to do/be certain things that make them happy in Finland than in the United Kingdom?
    I don't put much stock in these types of surveys. How are we to go about measuring and quantifying happiness? Making inferences from this kind of data is scientifically unsound, in my opinion.

    I completely disagree with this. I'd be downright miserable if I was doing as little as possible, no matter how much I was rewarded for it.
    Which is why I said "most people." All living creatures are biologically programmed to exert as little effort as possible for the greatest reward possible. Humans have the unique ability to transcend this biological compulsion but most choose not to, instead reverting to their baser desires and inclinations.

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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Here's our happy world. Wunderbar!
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    For anyone who is interested: Science Daily also did a study of this same issue in 2006. They studied the issue worldwide, instead of just among OECD nations as Forbes Magazine did. Here were Science Daily's results:

    1. Denmark 273
    2. Switzerland
    3. Austria
    4. Iceland
    5. Bahamas
    6. Finland
    7. Sweden
    8. Bhutan
    9. Brunei
    10. Canada
    11. Ireland
    12. Luxembourg
    13. Costa Rica
    14. Malta
    15. Netherlands
    16. Antigua and Barbuda
    17. Malaysia
    18. New Zealand
    19. Norway
    20. The Seychelles
    ...
    23. United States 247
    35. Germany
    41. United Kingdom
    62. France
    82. China
    90. Japan
    125. India
    167. Russia
    ...
    176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
    177. Zimbabwe
    178. Burundi

    Psychologist Produces The First-ever 'World Map Of Happiness'

    I thought #8 was interesting. Bhutan is the only nation in the world that explicitly prioritizes "Gross National Happiness" over Gross National Product.
    Here are some scores.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    How happy would they be if the US didn't exist?
    They wouldn't be. They would be goose-stepping and speaking German.

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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    They wouldn't be. They would be goose-stepping and speaking German.
    Hmm hmm

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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    Glad to see it. Does nothing to detract from what I stated.

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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Glad to see it. Does nothing to detract from what I stated.
    Well as long as you remember we Brits managed to keep the Germans at bay ourselves.

    We've been invaded by Frenchmen, Norsemen and even Dutchmen but I think we draw the line at Germans.
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