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Old 10-19-2017, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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It seems to me that Asians are almost always less happy than others.

Japan is a pretty decent country, affluent, safe, clean. Yes they have their fair share of problems, but they are doing pretty good. Japanese seem to be less happy than citizens from other developed countries. Suicide, depression..

Suicide rate in South Korea is actually higher than Japan. The prosperity doesn't help. In the past decades, South Korea advanced from an extremely poor country to a decent developed country, they should have good reasons to feel happy.

Speaking of developing countries, China isn't much worse than Mexico economically. But Mexicans look much happier than Chinese. In California, Chinese immigrants are far less happy than Mexicans, despite higher income.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Yes because Asia sucks.

Japan is good though. They just have a lot of societal pressures and stuff.


On a more serious note. It’s pretty naÔve to assume that people would automatically be happier because they got richer. It simply doesn’t work that way.
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Macao
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It seems to me that Asians are almost always less happy than others.

Japan is a pretty decent country, affluent, safe, clean. Yes they have their fair share of problems, but they are doing pretty good. Japanese seem to be less happy than citizens from other developed countries. Suicide, depression..

Suicide rate in South Korea is actually higher than Japan. The prosperity doesn't help. In the past decades, South Korea advanced from an extremely poor country to a decent developed country, they should have good reasons to feel happy.

Speaking of developing countries, China isn't much worse than Mexico economically. But Mexicans look much happier than Chinese. In California, Chinese immigrants are far less happy than Mexicans, despite higher income.
ASIA is about 67% of the planet's population. It's almost impossible to make that generalization.

But if I were to make a generalization, I would say....

FILIPINOS seem to be MUCH HAPPIER than RUSSIANS? So therefore...
THAI people seem MUCH HAPPIER than AMERICANS...so therefore....
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:46 AM
 
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In California, Chinese immigrants are far less happy than Mexicans, despite higher income.
That is a very strange thing to say.

And it is not true.

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Old 10-20-2017, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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I was in China for a month in April and we kept commenting on how happy the people seemed.
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:29 AM
 
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East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia are different. Bhutan even has this concept of gross national happiness as a measure of success rather than its GDP. Tourism ads from the Philippines and Thailand often feature people who are always smiling.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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For the most part Filipinos seem to be the happiest people I have ever met, so the topic generalization is way over the top IMHO.
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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Yes I noticed too the happiness of the Filipinos when I visited 30 years ago, France by comparison seemed glum and bleak when I came back.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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Yes I noticed too the happiness of the Filipinos when I visited 30 years ago, France by comparison seemed glum and bleak when I came back.
French people are chronic complainers and one of the most negative peoples in the world so itís not really surprising.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:10 PM
 
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I don't think Chinese are less happy than Americans.

Maybe just another way of expression.
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