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posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 01:53 PM
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Well the newest list of happiest countries is out, and the US isn't on it (we came in 12th). In fact, most of the countries on the list are European socialist countries. Maybe we should invest a little less in bankers and guns and a little more in our people?

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posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 02:03 PM
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One thing I love about Forbes is I can always count on them to remind me that I am not among the filthy rich billionaires, or live in one of the best places on earth.

I've never been outside of the U.S. though so I have no idea what I am missing.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 02:12 PM
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Woho! I win! Finally we win something.

But seriously I would not make much of lists like these as they are based on a definition of what happiness is. Which nobody can agree upon so the list would be different from place to place. I would actually suggest that the happiest country would be one "less fortunate". If it was a list of best countries to live in maybe, but not happiness. "The more you have, the more you want."



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 02:21 PM
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None of those european countries is (or have ever been) socialist country.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 02:31 PM
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Originally posted by ShadowBase
Woho! I win! Finally we win something.

But seriously I would not make much of lists like these as they are based on a definition of what happiness is. Which nobody can agree upon so the list would be different from place to place. I would actually suggest that the happiest country would be one "less fortunate". If it was a list of best countries to live in maybe, but not happiness. "The more you have, the more you want."

You are wrong. Happiness can be measured and quantified and surprise surprise it is not related to excess wealth. There is a limit of round $75,000 where any increase is not matched by an increase in well being, happiness, contentedness etc. People on a billion need to earn a billion NOT to make themselves happier but because they strive to be better than their peers. Their peers are also billionaires so the name of the game is to maximise wealth to prove you are better. It has absolutely nothing to do with wealth making you happier.

Given the limit on wealth vs happiness and the reasons for the accumulation of obscene immoral amounts of money we can easily see how the world can be happy for everybody. BUT ONLY IF the rich have their lust for wealth accumulation curbed.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 02:49 PM
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None of those european countries is (or have ever been) socialist country.


They are considered to be, whether they meet the strictest definition or not.

I would love to visit Norway, it is on my list but I don't know if and when I'll ever make it to Europe again.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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I would say happiness can not be connected to anything physical and is relative to the situation and ones wishes. Thus the richer you are, the harder it becomes to climb yet another step or even finding a next goal at all. For those who's only wish is to get the food of the day the chase is shorter (time, not labor) and their everyday might have more meaning that a regular day for mr.master banker. Of course there are mental factors and similar added to that and makes it a bit more complex.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 03:02 PM
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I think that since a State is about the size of an average country I would like to match up my State of Washington against any other country... We are happy mofos here.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 03:12 PM
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Originally posted by CB328
They are considered to be, whether they meet the strictest definition or not.

I would love to visit Norway, it is on my list but I don't know if and when I'll ever make it to Europe again.


That's the beauty of it. We don't have to be socialists, even if we share some values. Why shape a country to fit within a certain template? Templates are what you start from and then you adjust it to your needs, not the opposite.

Oh and if you visit Norway, be sure to pick a landing airport far from the main cities (or towns as you might call it). Nothing crushes fantasies more than a busy city airport somewhere you imagined there would be nature everywhere. Those damn cities, every country has them but they always manages to crush the joy of entering a new and exiting country.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 03:14 PM
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Considered by who? What is Your source of this information? I have been living most of my life in Sweden. Norway and Finland and never heard about it. Countries like Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria etc. used to be socialist countries.






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