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Old 03-22-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Germany
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Like the developing countries that are happier than Americans.

Why is that? It would be a good discussion
Indeed.

15. Panama
16. Mexico
17. US

Why would that be?
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Yes we do. Even the people who have hardships try to see the positives.

Mexico, with problems and all, is such a fun, loving culture!
Same with the Philippines. Inspite of problems and poverty, people are still very positive and people are still able to smile and laugh.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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I find it shocking that the people in Bulgaria (EU member) are less happy than those in India, Mauritania, Djibouti, Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burma, Cameroon, Kenya, Sudan, Tajikistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia, Georgia, Nepal, Niger, Sri Lanka, Gabon, Malawi, Cambodia, Chad, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Why are Bulgarians and Hungarians so depressed?
Maybe most people in India, Mauritania, Djibouti, Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burma, Cameroon, Kenya, Sudan, Tajikistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Malí, Liberia, Georgia, Nepal, Niger, Sri Lanka, Gabon, Malawi, Cambodia, Chad, Yemen and Afghanistan; for all their faults, problems and poverty do see the cup half full instead of half empty.
Different cultures, different mindsets and obviously very different wants in life.
Again, the fact that citizens of a bunch of third world countries, can be -and are- happier than a rich EU nation, says more about rich countries -and the way their citizens think- than the poor dirty ones.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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I find it shocking that the people in Bulgaria (EU member) are less happy than those in India, Mauritania, Djibouti, Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burma, Cameroon, Kenya, Sudan, Tajikistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia, Georgia, Nepal, Niger, Sri Lanka, Gabon, Malawi, Cambodia, Chad, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Why are Bulgarians and Hungarians so depressed?
Maybe it's because they are in the EU and tend to compare themselves with other EU countries, not with India, Mauritania ot Djibouti.
Or maybe there's just lots of melancholics among Bulgarians? Ability to be happy depends on temperament a lot I think.

Here in Belarus people also tend to complain a lot and see themselves in a negative light. But: as far as I can see, there's much more whining in internet that in real life... Forums are teeming with whiners, whose comments about any media article are very predictable. While in real life I often see much happier people.
BTW: one of the biggest whiners I know here is a programmer whose salary is 4-5 times bigger than the average in the country.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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where religious belief is high , people tend to be happier

im not a believer btw but I know plenty of believers and they seem very happy
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: EU27
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where religious belief is high , people tend to be happier

im not a believer btw but I know plenty of believers and they seem very happy
Yes, except for the top 10 countries on that list who all are very secular.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Do you guys seriously enjoy these types of articles? How do you not simply laugh?

Denmark must be such a great place because CNN said so
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: EU27
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Denmark must be such a great place because CNN said so
Give me one reason why it wouldn't be.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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Do you guys seriously enjoy these types of articles? How do you not simply laugh?

Denmark must be such a great place because CNN said so
It's a nice country actually. I'd live there. The results don't surprise me at all.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Give me one reason why it wouldn't be.
Maybe somewhere with palm trees would be happier.

The fact is, reading a list on CNN and actually believing that it's the happiest country in the world is pretty low level thinking. To say ANY country is the happiest or to make a ranking is pretty dumb to be honest.
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