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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    The high suicide rate in scandinavian countries (ex Denmark) comes from the lack of sunlight, I believe it's mainly a problem in the northern part of Finnland.

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    The high suicide rate in scandinavian countries (ex Denmark) comes from the lack of sunlight, I believe it's mainly a problem in the northern part of Finnland.
    Can you please elaborate on that? How does the lack of sunlight cause a person to commit suicide?
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Can you please elaborate on that? How does the lack of sunlight cause a person to commit suicide?
    Vitamin D deficiency.
    I think it fools around with your brain chemistry.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustachio View Post
    And I already stated my opinion before, but suicide rate isn't a reliable indicator of a nation's quality of life. Alaska has the highest and New Jersey has the lowest suicide rate but Alaska is ranked in the middle of quality of life surveys and New Jersey ranks fairly well, but certainly not number one.
    I think this is because depression is a genetically inherited trait, that has to do with brain chemistry, and not necessarily created by external circumstances. Given the same circumstances, some people are just going to be more inclined to depression.

    Giving credence to the brain chemistry issue, there are a lot of effects from light deprivation (such as experienced by residents of Alaska for several months a year). Depression is one of them. Similarly, Alaskans have the highest rate of alcoholism in the U.S. Is that because they don't like their lives, or because a lot of them suffer from Vitamin D shortages? Many people suspect the latter.

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'm thinking, though, that racial differences are a big thing.
    Like how a minority may feel unhappy because most of the people don't look like them.
    In that case the bigger a minority is the more likely the members of that minority would not be unhappy with their difference from the majority, and the smaller the minority is the more likely they will be unhappy.

    And by the way hummus is not an indication, everyone here eats hummus, even the Armenian minority eats hummus.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    In that case the bigger a minority is the more likely the members of that minority would not be unhappy with their difference from the majority, and the smaller the minority is the more likely they will be unhappy.
    I don't know if they have products fortified with vitamin D like they do here.
    If they do, it might offset that phenomenon bit.

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    And by the way hummus is not an indication, everyone here eats hummus, even the Armenian minority eats hummus.
    Was just joking.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Very interesting - if you compare some of the countries it seems that 'thriving' correlates directly to 'suffering' - as in: if many are suffering than many aren't thriving. (example: Yemen, Macedonia, Georgia)

    But in quite a few other countries very few are 'thriving' but the # of those who are 'suffering' is quite low in comparison. (example: Laos, Guinea, Liberia, Angola) So people aren't thriving in these areas but are fine with it.

    Fascinating. . . perception of self-suffering and misery seem to be social or maybe cultural - rather than economical.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Can you please elaborate on that? How does the lack of sunlight cause a person to commit suicide?
    it’s common to directly associate the lack of sunlight -and the resulting lack of serotonin- with high number of suicides. They also have a season in which there's sunlight 24/7, I can tell you from first hand experience it's stressful because you have no idea if it's night or day.

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    it’s common to directly associate the lack of sunlight -and the resulting lack of serotonin- with high number of suicides. They also have a season in which there's sunlight 24/7, I can tell you from first hand experience it's stressful because you have no idea if it's night or day.
    Is the expectation of a 'traditional' light/dark day/night social and cultural, though?

    Do natives who have *always* lived in that environment have problems - or is it just an outsider who was born/lived elsewhere and then *moved* there the only ones having issues?

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    it’s common to directly associate the lack of sunlight -and the resulting lack of serotonin- with high number of suicides. They also have a season in which there's sunlight 24/7, I can tell you from first hand experience it's stressful because you have no idea if it's night or day.
    I know that in the Netherlands for example the sun goes down at some parts of the year in 10 PM.
    Yeah, I can't imagine what it'd be like if the sun would be up 24/7, sounds surreal.
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