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Old 03-26-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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Every single Norwegian I've met has been arrogant, entitled, cold, snobby.

I have no desire to ever go there and experience that happiness of theirs.

By the way, Denmark constantly wins the title of the happiest country in the world, yet suicide is rather high and so is the use of anti-depressants.

Notice that most of these surveys are done by UK universities. (Let's be honest, happiness for a British it's a day where it doesn't rain!) . What does a British know about happiness?
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Syria has the second-lowest suicide rate in the world and presumably very low antidepressant use. We all know how happy they are.
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: A cold & gloomy place
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Every single Norwegian I've met has been arrogant, entitled, cold, snobby.

I have no desire to ever go there and experience that happiness of theirs.

By the way, Denmark constantly wins the title of the happiest country in the world, yet suicide is rather high and so is the use of anti-depressants.

Notice that most of these surveys are done by UK universities. (Let's be honest, happiness for a British it's a day where it doesn't rain!) . What does a British know about happiness?
Is the suicide rate that high? It seems pretty average to me.

Suicides per 100,000 people per year (2012)

Russia: 19.5
Japan: 18.5
France: 12.3
US: 12.1
Australia: 10.6
Germany: 9.2
Norway: 9.1
Denmark: 8.8
UK: 6.2
Spain: 5.1
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:18 PM
 
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Syria has the second-lowest suicide rate in the world and presumably very low antidepressant use. We all know how happy they are.
I think they are happier than Finns to be honest. War does not make people unhappy, it's usually the opposite. You become closer to your family, you share a common goal with other and so on. A purpose in life, it's perhaps one of the keys to happiness.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I think they are happier than Finns to be honest. War does not make people unhappy, it's usually the opposite. You become closer to your family, you share a common goal with other and so on. A purpose in life, it's perhaps one of the keys to happiness.
Right. A civil war is absolutely sharing a common goal.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:53 PM
 
Location: A cold & gloomy place
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I think they are happier than Finns to be honest. War does not make people unhappy, it's usually the opposite. You become closer to your family, you share a common goal with other and so on. A purpose in life, it's perhaps one of the keys to happiness.
The Syrians are so happy that they are fleeing their country. It is just too much happiness down there.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:24 PM
 
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That list is a pile of bunk the happiest people are in tropical or warm climates such as the Caribbean and so on. Even the US is like that for the most part when you look at the states.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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The Syrians are so happy that they are fleeing their country. It is just too much happiness down there.
I fled my country as well and was really happy to leave. Not because of war, but because of boredom.

Anyway, Fiji seems like a happy country:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/fiji/tr...iest-countries
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:27 PM
 
Location: A cold & gloomy place
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That list is a pile of bunk the happiest people are in tropical or warm climates such as the Caribbean and so on. Even the US is like that for the most part when you look at the states.
Yes, tourists are generally happy.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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That list is a pile of bunk the happiest people are in tropical or warm climates such as the Caribbean and so on. Even the US is like that for the most part when you look at the states.
People can be happy and yet still have a lot of ongoing and real stressors in their life that can naw away at how content they are in society. They may use what you see as more overt 'happiness' in part as a coping mechanism to compensate for some really challenging social, economic, political and even cultural conditions.

No list is perfect and of course 'happiness' is subjective, but if you live in a nation whereby the majority of its citizens are truly not worried about how they are going to feed or shelter their families is very important. If the populace has access to good social programs for the needy and not having to deal with societal and cultures pressure to conform also bodes well. It also should be mentioned that having the piece of mind to know that they or their family members are relatively well taken care of if they get sick in terms of access to medical facilities/treatments and medication is extremely important. What about the freedom to feel as though you can express your thoughts and ideas without fear of reprisal from society and the government. How about feeling safe in your home by and large. All these things bode well for any populace and their level of ongoing content. They may not be dancing on the streets, but there is a level of inner peace living such societies - even if the weather in many can be chilly/cold half the year.

I've been in many nations whereby there is year round pleasant and hot weather but the starkness in income inequality, high levels of poverty and squalor among so many members of society, not having the things I previously mentioned is a real challenge and it will impact most citizens ability to lead happy and healthy lives. Its a hard life for many but they make the best of it and even smile and appreciate the little things.

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