[FoRK] World Map of Happiness

Sat N < sateesh.narahari at gmail.com > on > Mon Jul 31 10:34:19 PDT 2006

Looking at some of the countries on top 10, I guess Ignorance is Bliss....

On 7/30/06, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=305
> http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-07/uol-uol072706.php
> >
> > "There is a belief that capitalism leads to unhappy people. However,
> > when people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in
> > countries with good healthcare, a higher GDP per captia, and access to
> > education were much more likely to report being happy.
> >
> What?  What idiot believes that capitalism leads to unhappy people,
> besides Marx?  These people need to read some Ayn Rand, who tellingly
> grew up in Russia and lived in the US.  It's pretty simple: positive
> feedback for positive actions is always better than negative feedback
> for positive actions, even if not all of your positive attempts succeed.
> >
> > "We were surprised to see countries in Asia scoring so low, with China
> > 82nd, Japan 90th and India 125th. These are countries that are thought
> > as having a strong sense of collective identity which other
> > researchers have associated with well-being.
> >
> > "It is also notable that many of the largest countries in terms of
> > population do quite badly. With China 82nd, India 125th and Russia
> > 167th it is interesting to note that larger populations are not
> > associated with happy countries."
> >
> > "The frustrations of modern life, and the anxieties of the age, seem
> > to be much less significant compared to the health, financial and
> > educational needs in other parts of the World. The current concern
> > with happiness levels in the UK may well be a case of the 'worried well'."
> >
> > The 20 happiest nations in the World are:
> >
> > 1. Denmark
> > 2. Switzerland
> > 3. Austria
> > 4. Iceland
> > 5. The Bahamas
> > 6. Finland
> > 7. Sweden
> > 8. Bhutan
> > 9. Brunei
> > 10. Canada
> > 11. Ireland
> > 12. Luxembourg
> > 13. Costa Rica
> > 14. Malta
> > 15. The Netherlands
> > 16. Antigua and Barbuda
> > 17. Malaysia
> > 18. New Zealand
> > 19. Norway
> > 20. The Seychelles
> >
> > Other notable results include:
> >
> >
> > 23. USA
> > 35. Germany
> > 41. UK
> > 62. France
> > 82. China
> > 90. Japan
> > 125. India
> > 167. Russia
> >
> > The three least happy countries were:
> >
> >
> > 176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
> > 177. Zimbabwe
> > 178. Burundi
> >
>
> http://www.le.ac.uk/pc/aw57/world/sample.html
>
> sdw
>
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