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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Well - it's not *high noon* when the sun's up for it's months - it's like 'late evening' in appearance.
    A screaming comes across the sky.
    It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    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?

    I believe it would be natives = fine: outsiders = coping issues.
    From what I've been told: outsiders = serious isseus, natives = fewer isseus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    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.
    Yup, longer days during the summer and shorter ones during the winter.

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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
    and the Igmar Bergman movies.

    Don't forget that.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    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?

    I believe it would be natives = fine: outsiders = coping issues.
    We were just in Alaska, and there are plenty of people who were born there who have difficulties with the dark/light issues.

    I didn't find it stressful that the sun sets, but it never really gets dark there, but after a week of it, I was really tired, because my body wanted to go, go, go, all the time. Light really affects us in ways we don't totally understand. I could not believe the amount of energy I felt up there all the time. It was kind of a rush. I never felt like sleeping.

    The natives told us that they go, go, go during the summer to make the most of it. Everything is kind of frenetic, from growing enormous vegetables to tons of "midnight" activities.

    Imagining the converse, though, with it being totally dark....:shudder: I don't think I'd like that.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well - it's not *high noon* when the sun's up for it's months - it's like 'late evening' in appearance.
    It actually is bright daylight until around 10:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. looks like 7:30 elsewhere. And 2 a.m. is like dusk.

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Table: The World's Happiest Countries - Forbes.com

    Most of us have been spoon fed the glories of capitalism and the free market since we were old enough to eat at a table. But a few years ago, I saw a study much like this one, and thought, "What if we're not getting it? What if the aquisition of wealth isn't really the way to happiness?"

    In other words, if our system is so great, why are we only #14, and not not #1? Why are people in Denmark, Finland, Norway, etc. so much happier than we are?

    I'm no socialist/communist. But on the other hand, I can't help but wonder if our lives might be better if more of us had a security net that protected us from having to constantly worry about something terrible happening (like getting a life-threatening illness that would push us over the edge of financially succeeding).

    What if work was just work, and we could spend more hours in our day enjoying life, and fewer hours feeling like we have to claw our way to the top of the rat race?

    Just food for thought...what if earning money ISN'T the be all/end all of our existence? What if we could go to work, earn a paycheck, do our best work, and know that we'd be taken care of in comfort after retirement, without constantly scrimping and saving?

    Some of you are very well-off. I appreciate your hard work.

    However, as a single mom, I am nearly constantly worried about how I am going to pay for all of my children's college expenses, how much money I will need to retire after doing that, and the possibility that something could happen to me that would make it impossible to work, and would leave my kids hanging off of the edge of the cliff.

    I do fine professionally, I make good money and I have a great job with an excellent company. And yet, having said that, I still have to put myself in the "struggling" category. Every single month is a struggle to make ends meet and make sure my kids have the things that they need. A lot of that is because I receive very little help from my ex in taking care of the kids. I don't blame anyone for that situation except myself, and yet...it's hard.

    And I'm in the top 10% of wage earners here.

    I wonder...if it's that hard for me, what's it like for the other 90%? And, have these people in these other countries figured out something that we haven't about what life is really about?
    i have long thought that americans have the wrong idea. i would have no problem being taxed more with some assurances thrown in as you mentioned. having more isn't always having more.

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