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    World's Happiest Places

    World's Happiest Places

    I thought this was interesting. According to Forbes Magazine, the ten happiest nations in the world are:

    1. Denmark
    2. Finland
    3. Netherlands
    4. Sweden
    5. Ireland
    6. Canada
    7. Switzerland
    8. New Zealand
    9. Norway
    10. Belgium

    I've seen other surveys that consistently rate some of these nations at the top of the list. Many surveys also rate several Central American countries very highly in terms of happiness (they were excluded from the Forbes survey, which only polled OECD countries). The least happy places in the world seem to consistently be Eastern European nations, the UK, and France.

    What do you think makes a nation happy (or unhappy)?
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    I say this guy was pretty close:

    It is family, social and community networks that bring joy to one's life, according to Delamothe.
    I'm suspicious about these sorts of tests though. It seems to suggest it is based on both the economy like GDP as well as other factors. I'd hazard a guess that in fact the material standard of living is often quite marginal beyond a certain rather low amount. I'd say after that it may improve the happiness but not a great deal and could in some ways hinder it.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    World's Happiest Places

    I thought this was interesting. According to Forbes Magazine, the ten happiest nations in the world are:

    1. Denmark
    2. Finland
    3. Netherlands
    4. Sweden
    5. Ireland
    6. Canada
    7. Switzerland
    8. New Zealand
    9. Norway
    10. Belgium

    I've seen other surveys that consistently rate some of these nations at the top of the list. Many surveys also rate several Central American countries very highly in terms of happiness (they were excluded from the Forbes survey, which only polled OECD countries). The least happy places in the world seem to consistently be Eastern European nations, the UK, and France.

    What do you think makes a nation happy (or unhappy)?
    How happy would they be if the US didn't exist?
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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?
    Let's reverse that.

    How happy would America be if Europe didn't exist?

    Answer is it wouldn't matter because America wouldn't exist. Take your b.s. elsewhere, please.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Awwww, did I upset poor baby. Don't cry now little baby, it's okay.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Awwww, did I upset poor baby. Don't cry now little baby, it's okay.
    I can't help it. Your unintelligent input hurts way too much.
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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?
    .......this is like asking...how windy would Earth be if Jupiter didn't exist? It'll probably turn the heads of a few people. But for all the wrong reasons.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Cry me a river. I dislike judgemental countries who never bother to get their hands dirty, while sitting as arrogant judges.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    I can't help it. Your unintelligent input hurts way too much.
    His razor sharp wit is indeed fearsome.
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    Re: World's Happiest Places

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Cry me a river. I dislike judgemental countries who never bother to get their hands dirty, while sitting as arrogant judges.
    Stop trying to hijack the thread. If you don't want to address the subject at hand, kindly go away.

    What do you think makes a nation happy (or unhappy)?
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