I mean, where's the British "McDonald's"? The French "Wal-Mart"? The German "Microsoft"? The Spanish "Hollywood"? I'm sure there's some relatable stuff, but it just doesn't come as close. Even Japan, I'd say, comes closer to U.S. dependency.
I mean, I guess we're dependent in that we have a market abroad. But we could shrink our market if we really needed to; in Europe's case, a lot of their stuff would just disappear/stop being made.
America and American is touted as being the best but we see that that is not always the case
See my last post
The thing I found odd were the people who clearly do not believe in American exceptionalism, who say that the happier countries are happier than the U.S. because they are less free-market, and so to be #1 the U.S. must be less free-market... just like everyone else. Including the vast majority of countries beneath us in the rank, which themselves make up the majority of countries on the list. Or if not less free-market, something else that America does "wrong" that the nations above us do "right". It doesn't make any sense at all.
It's kind of funny to me that all the answers to the question are about why America isn't number 1. The bigger point to be made here is that the top rated countries, for the most part, have democratically elected socialist leaders. The question is: maybe democratic socialism works if it's kept in check with more conservative parties.
In other words, everything conservatives say about socialism is untrue. After all, there are very few countries in the world that don't have a socialist power in constant contention for the top political positions. Even Australia and Spain have socialist leaders at the top right now. That's what I take from this poll. If Americans had a more open mind about what direction to head from here, we'd move up a few slots in that rating.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
According to the article, money does play a role in one's happiness. But there is more to it:
Not having to worry about being taken care of when things change (i.e. health) is important, too.But there's more to happiness than riches. The Gallup study showed that while income undoubtedly influenced happiness, it did so for a particular kind of well-being--the kind one feels when reflecting on his or her own successes and prospects for the future. Day-to-day happiness is more likely to be associated with how well one's psychological and social needs are being met, and that's harder to achieve with a paycheck.
Take Costa Rica. The sixth-happiest country in the world, and the happiest country in the Americas, it beat out richer countries like the United States. That's because social networks in Costa Rica are tight, allowing individuals to feel happy with their lot, regardless of financial success.
"Costa Rica ranks really high on social and psychological prosperity," says Harter. "It's probably things systemic to the society that make people over time develop better relationships, and put more value on relationships. Daily positive feelings rank really high there.
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren