#1 Happy Countries: Tropical islands!!!

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    Sep 06, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    HAPPY PLANET INDEX: countries ranked by a standard of happiness...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Planet_Index

    at the top are places like the Caribbean and Indonesia, both regions of tropical islands where people live simple, uncomplicated lives, but that are not plagued by poverty.....

    at the bottom of the happiness scale, are Africa, Russia and the US, the latter are both major economic and political players where high stress levels take a toll on citizens' well-being, africa suffers major political turmoil and very little material security and stability..... possibly indicating that the greatest level of human happiness is not at either end of the wealth spectrum, it lies in the middle


    BRIGHT GREEN : Happiest regions

    DARK BROWN: Least happy


    Happy_Planet.PNG
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 06, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    What, the US and the Congo are both super sad whereas Colombia and Yemen are super happy places? Iranians are happier than the Danes?

    Sounds a little fishy to me.
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    who woulda thunk?

    i don't buy some of this ranking at all. I would have put the USA closer to the bottom icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidWhat, the US and the Congo are both super sad whereas Columbia and Yemen are super happy places? Iranians are happier than the Danes?

    Sounds a little fishy to me.


    Columbia is DEFINIETLY a happy place.... I dont know a single sad columbian,

    and people I know who went to Yemen said the same abut YEmen, its not like Saudi arabia at all in Yemen,

    Danes suffer from winterdepression, all northern Scandinavian countries do
  • UIUCIllini23

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    Sep 06, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    Having been born and raised in Colombia, I can vouch for the fact that Colombia has some of the happiest people I've met anywhere.

    I think this stems from Colombians' focus on family, friends, and leisure rather than pursuit of empty materialism. Colombians in general do not equate success with money, but rather with companionship and leisure activities. Also, the country is absolutely beautiful, and people have a lot of vacation time and holidays to go and enjoy it.

    Oh, and by the way, it's spelled COLOMBIA, not COLUMBIA.
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    UIUCIllini23 saidHaving been born and raised in Colombia, I can vouch for the fact that Colombia has some of the happiest people I've met anywhere.

    I think this stems from Colombians' focus on family, friends, and leisure rather than pursuit of empty materialism. Colombians in general do not equate success with money, but rather with companionship and leisure activities. Also, the country is absolutely beautiful, and people have a lot of vacation time and holidays to go and enjoy it.

    Oh, and by the way, it's spelled COLOMBIA, not COLUMBIA.


    Wow thanks for pointing that out.. everything you say is what I think counts for the whole of the Caribbean and other happy countries... in the Indonesian islands I felt generally the same, people are more into time with their communities, than time making money or being on ones own
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    CUBA? WTF! LMAO!!!!!!! icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    Mostwant3d saidCUBA? WTF! LMAO!!!!!!! icon_neutral.gif


    I did actually enjoy Cuba, its not just politics alone that make for happiness!
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    amar_m said
    Mostwant3d saidCUBA? WTF! LMAO!!!!!!! icon_neutral.gif


    I did actually enjoy Cuba, its not just politics alone that make for happiness!



    As a tourist? icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    Well i was a tourist, but most of the people I met did seem happy... a good many of them hated their regime (of course, who can blame them for that), but they were happy with their families, eating well, partying (GREAT parties!)
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 06, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    Sorry for my spelling error.

    According to this Gallup poll, carried in the Huffington Post after it was published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which drew from data from more than 136,000 people in every country (total 132 countries), the happiest countries are:

    1. Denmark
    2. Finland
    3. Norway
    4. The Netherlands
    5. Costa Rica
    6. Canada
    7. Switzerland
    8. New Zealand
    9. Sweden
    10. Austria

    "Respondents were asked how they would rate their lives on a scale from zero (worst possible) to 10 (best possible), as well as answering a series of questions on positive or negative emotions."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/03/worlds-happiest-countries_n_633814.html#s109435
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    amar_m saidWell i was a tourist, but most of the people I met did seem happy... a good many of them hated their regime (of course, who can blame them for that), but they were happy with their families, eating well, partying (GREAT parties!)



    Huh? icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    amar_m saidWell i was a tourist, but most of the people I met did seem happy... a good many of them hated their regime (of course, who can blame them for that), but they were happy with their families, eating well, partying (GREAT parties!)


    Just because you live within 30 minutes of a beach and party all the time doesn't mean that you're happy.
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    amar_m saidHAPPY PLANET INDEX: countries ranked by a standard of happiness...


    After reading the wikipedia page more closely, I found this:
    "HPI is not a measure of which are the happiest countries in the world...[e]ach country’s HPI value is a function of its average subjective life satisfaction, life expectancy at birth, and ecological footprint per capita."

    So countries like the US, which are relatively lacking when it comes to environmental protection, score lower. However, China should be right down there with the US in that case. There is a potable water crisis here and industrial pollution is a huge problem, yet they're still higher than most European countries in this rating scheme? icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    Maybe its because most people spend the rest of their retired lives in the happy green spots icon_smile.gif


    or maybe bc pots grown in the green spots...

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  • cromi

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    Sep 06, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    as i suspect, central american and south east asian countries are on top of the list.
    yay!
  • AUhiker

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    Sep 06, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    There is a great book about this subject called "The Geography of Bliss"

    This map does seem a bit skewed though, based on that book and my personal experience...

    though I did live in the greek islands a few meters from the beach, relaxed, and was defiantly happy. haha.

    but happiness is what you make it n'est-ce pas?
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    Sep 06, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    AUhiker saidThere is a great book about this subject called "The Geography of Bliss"

    This map does seem a bit skewed though, based on that book and my personal experience...

    though I did live in the greek islands a few meters from the beach, relaxed, and was defiantly happy. haha.

    but happiness is what you make it n'est-ce pas?


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    Sep 06, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
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    amar_m saidWell i was a tourist, but most of the people I met did seem happy... a good many of them hated their regime (of course, who can blame them for that), but they were happy with their families, eating well, partying (GREAT parties!)


    Just because you live within 30 minutes of a beach and party all the time doesn't mean that you're happy.


    Uhm ok, that was a bit judgemental, man, Cubans and Caribbeans dont all live 30 minutes from the beach..... and thats not the standard any of us used to describe what makes us happy, its family and community-orientation and leisure time (we are LAZY and SLOW to Northern standards) and finally, natural surroundings... read the Colombian and the rest of me posts, s'il vous plait, parce que cela que vous avez ecrit la, je n'aime pas cela pas du tout!
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    Sep 06, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
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    Bunjamon said
    amar_m saidWell i was a tourist, but most of the people I met did seem happy... a good many of them hated their regime (of course, who can blame them for that), but they were happy with their families, eating well, partying (GREAT parties!)


    Just because you live within 30 minutes of a beach and party all the time doesn't mean that you're happy.


    Uhm ok, that was a bit judgemental, man, Cubans and Caribbeans dont all live 30 minutes from the beach..... and thats not the standard any of us used to describe what makes us happy, its family and community-orientation and leisure time (we are LAZY and SLOW to Northern standards) and finally, natural surroundings... read the Colombian and the rest of me posts, s'il vous plait, parce que cela que vous avez ecrit la, je n'aime pas cela pas du tout!


    Oui je les ai lus, mais la Colombie et le Cuba sont des pays extrêmement différents, et tu juges le bonheur d'un pays juste sur le fait qu'ils mangent bien et qu'ils font la fête tout le temps. Le Cuba c'est quand même un pays communiste avec un gouvernement totalitaire. La vie des cubains n'est pas si simple que ça. Je ne veux pas dire qu'ils ne sont pas heureux, je voulais juste mettre en valeur que les donnés de ton Happy Planet Index sont un peu.....bizarres? parce qu'ils ignorent des facteurs importants et en même temps en soulignent d'autres qui n'ont aucun lien avec le bonheur des citoyens d'un pays.

    It's just a discussion, ok? I didn't mean to offend you.
  • a303guy

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    Sep 06, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]UIUCIllini23 said[/cite]Having been born and raised in Colombia, I can vouch for the fact that Colombia has some of the happiest people I've met anywhere.

    I think this stems from Colombians' focus on family, friends, and leisure rather than pursuit of empty materialism. Colombians in general do not equate success with money, but rather with companionship and leisure activities. Also, the country is absolutely beautiful, and people have a lot of vacation time and holidays to go and enjoy it.

    I completely agree with this assessement - my ex is Colombiano, and was without a doubt one of the happiest people i've ever been with, and really, really despised being unhappy - and helped me so much in finding my own inner peace. Thank you Juancho!
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    Sep 06, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    amar_m saidHAPPY PLANET INDEX: countries ranked by a standard of happiness...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Planet_Index

    at the top are places like the Caribbean and Indonesia, both regions of tropical islands where people live simple, uncomplicated lives, but that are not plagued by poverty.....

    at the bottom of the happiness scale, are Africa, Russia and the US, the latter are both major economic and political players where high stress levels take a toll on citizens' well-being, africa suffers major political turmoil and very little material security and stability..... possibly indicating that the greatest level of human happiness is not at either end of the wealth spectrum, it lies in the middle


    BRIGHT GREEN : Happiest regions

    DARK BROWN: Least happy


    Happy_Planet.PNG


    Thanks for the information dude. I'm heading to Bogota, Colombia on Sept 14-19 then to San Jose, Costa Rica from Sept. 19-25. My first time I will let you know if the are really happy and they survey by the HPI are true. Now I'm truly excited to see these places for the first time.
    Merci
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    Sep 06, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    The only place outside the US I've ever been was Tampico Tamaulipas, Mexico. It was not a vacation, rather I lived there for a month with some friends of a friend. And yeah, they seemed much happier overall than most people I've met in the US (including myself). Even with my current job, making decent money, and generally happy, I still find myself stressed out a lot because the demand for materialism here is outrageous. I would love to go back to simpler way of life without the hustle and bustle of big city fighting for income living.
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    Sep 06, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    This is bullshit. Who made this, the president of Iran?
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    Sep 06, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    I only wrote it that way because I can't spell the little fucker's name.