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    Equality is the key point - very unequal countries are very unhappy countries. They shouldn't put the UK as one country - in my experience, London is highly paid, desperately competitive and miserable. We are the poorest bit of the UK, and in my experience much happier, because we take the mick out of 'success'.
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    In 2007 the US were third........ Guess which rank there will have after 4 years of Trumpiness ?

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    Why haven't any of the right wingers explained to me how they can be so happy in those countries if they're overrun by violent Muslim refugees and immigrants?

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    You can never really trust surveys where people quantify their own feelings.

    A Japanese person would always answer positively, as a culture. They'd be embarrassed to tell someone they're unhappy. Mediterranean people tend to pick one or ten... they exaggerate their emotions by our standards. And a Belgian with a hangnail might feel miserable while a Yemen mother who only lost two children in the famine might feel she got off lucky.
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    Sweden is Bernie country, he wanted to make the US just like them. Dodged a bullet there!!
    Well you must remember, those programs are IMPOSSIBLE!
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    The very things that once made America great are gone. Uber left blame banks and "things" for their failures in life and uber conservatives blame minorities for the same. They have no idea how to reach for their future or appreciate where they are if they have given up and replaced goals and education with anger. The promise of America is still there but too often only newcomers to America see it and reach for it. That is why we see illegal and legals arriving here, working hard in jobs no one wants, buying homes and putting their kids through college. Next door to them is an uneducated American in the same low income bracket but for them it is the end of the road instead of the future because they are doing NOTHING to elevate what they have chosen for their life so they sit there angry at the illegal or legal dad and mom next door raising future doctors and lawyers.

    When anyone doesn't get off their ass and resent the outcome of their choices, they just blame anything but the one in the mirror. We're an unhappy society because we forgot how the American dream works so we are left with anger as a pacifier.

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    I'd still say it's all about expectations. In the US, people traditionally expect to become millionaires (which in itself invites inequality). The ones who aren't millionaires are desperate for the shit the rich pricks got, while the millionaires themselves are terrified of losing their shit to the rabble (walling themselves in and stuff). And mathematically, it's impossible for all to become a millionaire, so most people can only end up disappointed, because they can't possibly reach that yardstick. Settle with Hobbitton or something, maybe happiness just becomes that much easier to come by.


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    You know what the whole top ten have in common? None of them are powerful, influential, countries.

    None of the top ten are really cultural drivers. They don't "lead" in business or art or military or diplomacy.

    They are the places that put the utmost emphasis on social achievements. Not financial or technological ones. They do not have a focus on a few achieving greatness. Instead, they have the highest number of people achieving average.

    They are "middle class" countries.

    I don't know if I like this list or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    You know what the whole top ten have in common? None of them are powerful, influential, countries.

    None of the top ten are really cultural drivers. They don't "lead" in business or art or military or diplomacy.

    They are the places that put the utmost emphasis on social achievements. Not financial or technological ones. They do not have a focus on a few achieving greatness. Instead, they have the highest number of people achieving average.

    They are "middle class" countries.

    I don't know if I like this list or not.
    - True, I'm miserable, but you know what? My country invented the iPhone!

    - Cool story, bro.
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    Actually my country invented the iPhone. It was called a Blackberry.

    But despite having the cleverness to make it good and profitable, it never even occurred to us that we could make a fun, toy version of it, with none of the usefulness, and sell it as a toy to adults for 600 dollars apiece.

    Why didn't we know that? We should have known that. Ten thousand jobs lost because that never occurred to us.

    But losing your job doesn't necessarily lose you your house and car because of EI, and it won't lose you your kids education or your health care because they're always there. So you can find another job and get on with your life.

    I guess that's top-ten happy.
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