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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Here's another way of looking at it: rate of serious bi-polar and depressive illness. Cases of affluenza?

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray_Fox_86 View Post
    Catz, i have read many of your posts. and i have come to love you. but if you are in the 10% bracket and still struggling it wouldn't matter if you were in the 5% and so on. you need to seriously look at how you are spending your money because if you don't you never will have enough when the situation demands it. you have a child and i am certain that your child is the most luckiest to have you a beautiful women as his mother.
    Ah, I misspoke:

    As of 2005, the latest data released by the US government, one would have to earn over $100,000 to be included the top 10% of wage earners in the US.

    To be in the top 1%, one would have to make more than $348,000.
    Apparently, I'm in the top 20%. Of course, that's based on individual earnings, not household earnings. My per household earnings put me in a lower category because it's just my income, not a dual income family.

    Still...I earn more than 80% of the people in the U.S.

    Part of the stressful part right now is that I'm paying for my children's college bills in advance, and I got a 15 year mortgage when I bought my house. In another 5 years, I won't be struggling at all, my mortgage will be paid off, and my daughter will be most of the way through college. In comparison to my counterparts in the neighborhood, I have almost no debt.

    I'm actually in good financial shape, relatively speaking, I just chose to put myself in a position to get to zero debt way faster than the average American. So, for instance, I drive a 2001 Camry and don't have a lot of excess spending money.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Ah, I misspoke:



    Apparently, I'm in the top 20%. Of course, that's based on individual earnings, not household earnings. My per household earnings put me in a lower category because it's just my income, not a dual income family.

    Still...I earn more than 80% of the people in the U.S.

    Part of the stressful part right now is that I'm paying for my children's college bills in advance, and I got a 15 year mortgage when I bought my house. In another 5 years, I won't be struggling at all, my mortgage will be paid off, and my daughter will be most of the way through college. In comparison to my counterparts in the neighborhood, I have almost no debt.

    I'm actually in good financial shape, relatively speaking, I just chose to put myself in a position to get to zero debt way faster than the average American. So, for instance, I drive a 2001 Camry and don't have a lot of excess spending money.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Here's another way of looking at it: rate of serious bi-polar and depressive illness. Cases of affluenza?

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    All I can say is that a lot of people around here(The U.S.) think that material wealth will bring you happiness.
    Which isn't true, so when you buy all those material things and are still not satisfied, it can bring about depression.

    I think it's kinda unfair to compare all the countries of Europe and a lot of the world when population sizes are largely different.
    That alone can skew any result you may get.

    Honestly though, people aren't supposed to be happy 24/7, things are supposed to make us unhappy.
    That is how change occurs, how things are made better.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Australia's a continent too, and it's happier.
    Australia is largely a homogeneous nation.
    Sure you have your people of African decent and Aborigines but they represent a tiny portion of your population.

    Race and ethnic distribution can have an effect on feelings of over all happiness.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Australia is largely a homogeneous nation.
    Sure you have your people of African decent and Aborigines but they represent a tiny portion of your population.

    Race and ethnicity distribution can have an effect on feelings of over all happiness.
    race is probably one of the bigger issues actually, mostly we're just apathetic about everything.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    Denmark, Finland and Norway have a very small population, while the USA are a continent. I'm sure there are areas in the USA where "happiness" is as high as in Finland or Denmark.
    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Australia's a continent too, and it's happier.
    I think both of you need to go and look at a globe again, and study the North American continent a bit better. It has more then just the US in it. Canada, Mexico and the various central American countries are there as well
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I think both of you need to go and look at a globe again, and study the North American continent a bit better. It has more then just the US in it. Canada, Mexico and the various central American countries are there as well
    i was aware of that, i just couldn't be bothered mentioning it.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    race is probably one of the bigger issues actually, mostly we're just apathetic about everything.
    Well look at from a statistical distribution standpoint.

    I think Aborigines make up around 3% of your population.
    So even if they are miserable (0 on the scale), if would hardly have any effect on the statistical outcome.

    I think any country with a sizable minority population will have a lesser happiness score for that reason alone.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux
    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?
    That was the philosophy I had.

    I liked my job, I enjoyed my job, I was dedicated to it and performed it at the very best of my ability and in turn I was rewarded quite handsomely for doing so. Win - Win.

    With that being said, my family and I were the higher priority. I was involved with my kids lives in most everything they did, school, after school activities, summer activities, vacations, etc. They turned out to be pretty good adults in spite of their parents...lol...j/k. I got more pleasure, enjoyment and the feeling of achievement out of the things I did with my family than anything I ever accomplished at 'work'.

    There were a few times where I had to put 'work' above family activities, but in 30 years I could count the number of times on one hand. I simply prioritized my life and 'work' wasn't at the top of the list - it was important but it wasn't everything. I retired at a young age (I'm not even eligible for SS yet and I've been retired for quite some time) and never looked back. I see some of the people I worked with from time to time and the conversation usually turns to wondering what is going on with the company these days. Not me, it's somebody's else's worry now, not mine.
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