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Old 06-06-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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Happiness Barometer - Press Release - Coca-Cola (http://www.coca-colacompany.com/presscenter/nr_201005010_happiness_barometer.html - broken link)

I found this article say Mexico and Philippines the happiest countries. Any personal experiences?

 
Old 06-06-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I've spent a lot of time in the Philippines...and coca-cola is pretty much everywhere...even bottling plants, tons of advertisers for coca-cola and everything else. So, from a coca-cola perspective, they probably are pretty happy with the Philippines
 
Old 06-07-2010, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Maybe not the most trustworthy source.
 
Old 06-07-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Westwood
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Terrible source. Any "poll" can be skewed to fit the agenda of the poll taker.

I've been to Mexico. There is nothing happy about the country or its people. It is a miserable/desperate life for most of them.

By far the worst country in all of the America's that I've been to.
 
Old 06-09-2010, 04:30 AM
 
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I've seen Philippines on other "happiest country" lists, not done by Coca-Cola. I've been there and I think people are generally happier there
 
Old 06-09-2010, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Filipinos are pretty happy anywhere. They seem to thrive more outside of the Philippines though.

If they are happy IN the Philippines...I think it might come down to the fact they have massive families...and it seems like there is always people around all the time.

Also, a lack of jobs...yet, a lot of little types of ways to make money. I think it kind of means that just more people are around a lot more...without much to do. Plus there are always family members working abroad, sending money back.

I just notice...that when you're in the Philippines...and if its a weekday afternoon...EVERYTHING is busy. In contrast to the U.S., where it seems like everyone is at work, and it's pretty quiet in most places on a weekday afternoon in the U.S. - ideal time to go shopping in the U.S., and you'd have the stores to yourself. As opposed to the Philippines, where everything seems to be insanely busy pretty much all the time.

From what I know of Mexico...it seems similar. Quite a few people are working abroad and sending money back to Mexico as well. So it means quite a few family members who might not be able to find work at home...are just sitting around enjoying life a bit more with someone else sending the money to them.
 
Old 06-09-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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There is the so-called Happy Planet Index
(Green means happiest, dark brown least happy)
 
Old 06-10-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Well that proves money doesn't buy happiness.
 
Old 04-01-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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I can't say any thing about Mexico but the Filipinos are generally very happy people. Having lived in Europe for 8 years and China for 2 years, I can say that Filipinos give life to any party. Some Europeans who have attended Filipino parties are amazed that we can make any party so fun. For them, a Party is just " Eating and Conversing ". So they always get amazed with Filipino parties because even if Filipinos are not kids any more, people still have the willingness to play games and I am not talking about board games here but Parlour Games. The Chinese people even uf they are also Asians are the same as Europeans.. So attending Filipino parties is something very new to them too.
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