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Posted 27 May 2014 - 08:22 PM

You'll Never Guess Where the U.S. Ranks in the Latest World's Happiest Countries Survey

by Janet Allon

 

No, not even close to being in the top ten.
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May 27, 2014  |  
 

The bad news is that the U.S. ranks significantly behind many South and Central American countries—including poor ones, like Guatemala and Ecuador; and countries with political unrest, like Venezuela—in terms of happiness. The good news? We’re ahead of Russia. Take that Mr. Putin!

 

This according to a recent happiness poll by Gallup of 138 countries which created an index of positive emotions to come up with an overall ranking of countries in terms of the well-being of their. Who’s number one, you ask? For the third year in a row, it’s Paraguay, where 87 percent of residents score high on the happiness index.

 

The questions included whether people feel rested, whether they feel treated with respect, whether they laughed or smiled a lot, whether they experienced enjoyment, and whether they had done something interesting the day before. 1,000 people were surveyed in each country.

 

The result? Latin America kicks butt, occupying all top five spots. So, congrats to the happy folks living in:

1.     Paraguay

2.     Panama

3.     Guatemala

4.     Nicaragua

5.     Ecuador

 

And condolences to the bottom five:

1.     Syria

2.     Chad

3.     Lithuania

4.     Bosnia

5.     Serbia

 

And where did the U.S. rank, you ask? We’re number 19! Rah! Go number 19! Tied with Chile, Argentina and Sweden.

Jon Clifton, manager of the Gallup World Poll, told NBCNews.com that Latin America’s dominance among the happiest countries was not a surprise. “It’s a pretty emotional culture,” he said. “A lot of positive emotions.” Interestingly, people in Latin America also rank high for negative emotions, but the positive ones outweigh the negative.

 

He also explained that the poll was designed to take into account the factors that drive happiness. “A big factor is workplace,” he reported. “Or school, for students. Another is financial well-being.” Another important factor: A sense of community.

 

Workplace happiness—or, we should say—unhappiness is one of the factors that drags down the score for the U.S. Our least happy day is Wednesday, and Americans are happiest on weekends. So, if you’re unhappily reading this at work right now, you’re not alone. Feel better? Oh, and happiness and income level don't necessarily correlate either. Clifton says that liking your job even at the risk of earning less usually makes for a higher happiness quotient.

 

After the top five came a three-way tie: Costa Rica (no standing army, maybe that’s part of it), Colombia and Denmark (the first Western and European country on the list.) One expert attribute Denmark’s happiness to the fact that people don’t have particularly high expectations for the future there, and therefore are seldom disappointed.

 

In fact, that expert, Eric Weiner, author of “The Geography of Bliss,” suspects that American optimism is part of the problem. “We think too much about happiness,” he told the Washington Post, pointing out the sheer number of self-help books on the subject as evidence.

 

We bet you’re thinking about happiness right now. See? Stop it.

 

Some other surprises: Venezuela made the top ten, despite its recent political unrest. China’s somewhat low ranking of 28th speaks to what Weiner calls the “East Asian Happiness Gap,” which is the difference between economic growth and contentment. And Bhutan is all the way down at 82, despite having a Ministry of Happiness, and despite the fact that people say they are very well rested there. Go figure. Russia is all the way down at 103.

 

more at

http://www.alternet....ountries-survey


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:35 AM


You'll Never Guess Where the U.S. Ranks in the Latest World's Happiest Countries Survey
by Janet Allon
 




No, not even close to being in the top ten.






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Photo Credit: William Perugini/Shutterstock.com



May 27, 2014  |  

 

The bad news is that the U.S. ranks significantly behind many South and Central American countries—including poor ones, like Guatemala and Ecuador; and countries with political unrest, like Venezuela—in terms of happiness. The good news? We’re ahead of Russia. Take that Mr. Putin!
 
This according to a recent happiness poll by Gallup of 138 countries which created an index of positive emotions to come up with an overall ranking of countries in terms of the well-being of their. Who’s number one, you ask? For the third year in a row, it’s Paraguay, where 87 percent of residents score high on the happiness index.
 
The questions included whether people feel rested, whether they feel treated with respect, whether they laughed or smiled a lot, whether they experienced enjoyment, and whether they had done something interesting the day before. 1,000 people were surveyed in each country.
 
The result? Latin America kicks butt, occupying all top five spots. So, congrats to the happy folks living in:
1.     Paraguay
2.     Panama
3.     Guatemala
4.     Nicaragua
5.     Ecuador
 
And condolences to the bottom five:
1.     Syria
2.     Chad
3.     Lithuania
4.     Bosnia
5.     Serbia
 
And where did the U.S. rank, you ask? We’re number 19! Rah! Go number 19! Tied with Chile, Argentina and Sweden.
Jon Clifton, manager of the Gallup World Poll, told NBCNews.com that Latin America’s dominance among the happiest countries was not a surprise. “It’s a pretty emotional culture,” he said. “A lot of positive emotions.” Interestingly, people in Latin America also rank high for negative emotions, but the positive ones outweigh the negative.
 
He also explained that the poll was designed to take into account the factors that drive happiness. “A big factor is workplace,” he reported. “Or school, for students. Another is financial well-being.” Another important factor: A sense of community.
 
Workplace happiness—or, we should say—unhappiness is one of the factors that drags down the score for the U.S. Our least happy day is Wednesday, and Americans are happiest on weekends. So, if you’re unhappily reading this at work right now, you’re not alone. Feel better? Oh, and happiness and income level don't necessarily correlate either. Clifton says that liking your job even at the risk of earning less usually makes for a higher happiness quotient.
 
After the top five came a three-way tie: Costa Rica (no standing army, maybe that’s part of it), Colombia and Denmark (the first Western and European country on the list.) One expert attribute Denmark’s happiness to the fact that people don’t have particularly high expectations for the future there, and therefore are seldom disappointed.
 
In fact, that expert, Eric Weiner, author of “The Geography of Bliss,” suspects that American optimism is part of the problem. “We think too much about happiness,” he told the Washington Post, pointing out the sheer number of self-help books on the subject as evidence.
 
We bet you’re thinking about happiness right now. See? Stop it.
 
Some other surprises: Venezuela made the top ten, despite its recent political unrest. China’s somewhat low ranking of 28th speaks to what Weiner calls the “East Asian Happiness Gap,” which is the difference between economic growth and contentment. And Bhutan is all the way down at 82, despite having a Ministry of Happiness, and despite the fact that people say they are very well rested there. Go figure. Russia is all the way down at 103.
 
more at
http://www.alternet....ountries-survey


Interesting Sweden is always held up as a " Socalist " place to strive to emulate.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:51 AM

Why does anybody concern themselves with this kind of bullshit. Make yourself happy.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:11 AM

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In Bhutan they measure Gross national Happiness. They describe it thus:

 

What is Gross National Happiness?

 

GNH is a holistic and sustainable approach to development which balances between material and non-material values with the conviction that humans want to search for happiness. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced development in all facets of life which is essential to our happiness. The goal of GNH is happiness. One of several means to achieve this goal is sustainable economic growth. GNH is a unique approach to national and global development.

 

The concept of Gross National Happiness consists of four pillars: Fair socio-economic development (better education and health), conservation and promotion of a vibrant culture, environmental protection and good governance.

 

The four pillars are further elaborated in nine domains: psychological well-being, living standard, health, culture, education, community vitality, good governance, balanced time use and ecological integration. In accordance with these nine domains, Bhutan has developed 38 sub-indexes, 72 indicators and 151 variables that are used to define and analyze the happiness of the Bhutanese people.

- See more at: http://www.gnhbhutan...h.huBdxgK0.dpuf

 

 

 

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:27 AM

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:51 PM

Interesting Sweden is always held up as a " Socalist " place to strive to emulate.

 

yes, was interested to see that we're apparently tied with them


Edited by prettylight, 28 May 2014 - 01:52 PM.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:51 PM

yes, was interested to see that we're apparently tied with them


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:59 PM

You think it sucks to be in Sweden?

 

No, I wouldn't think so.

 

I sure hope that's not a "why do you hate America" question, lol.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:22 PM

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Sweden?  How could they be happy over there with the cuisine they have:


Just a thought: Wouldn't having a plan to kill everyone you meet be a very MPH thing to do?

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:10 PM

Sweden?  How could they be happy over there with the cuisine they have:


Oh it really suck there compared to such garden spots as Panama.......

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

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But there might be some things about Sweden in the plus column.

 


Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;   Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst    Are full of passionate intensity.

W B Yeats


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:23 PM



 

Caring for the Common Good Wins: Norway Ranks World's Happiest Country
by Andrea Germanos
But in U.S., happiness is falling and Republican priorities stand to make it worse


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