The Happiest Place on Earth

  • GQjock

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    Jul 04, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    There was a recent study done and it was found that the "Happiest" place on earth happens to be Denmark

    We here in the US ranked 23rd
    Not surprisingly because it was found that one of the biggest determinates was health and health care
    Which we Suck at

    But the other trend that I noticed and they didn't bring this up is if you notice the top ten....
    they all have very liberal religious and political foundations
    All of them are very open to homosexuality also

    Ya Think the Big man in the Sky set it up this way?

    I've been in Denmark and I happily concur icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 04, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    The USA also emphasizes the "pursuit of happiness" that some people think means more stuff, more money, etc.. Happiness has little correlation with material goods as far as I can figure out, or more money. Some of the happiest people I have met live quite simple lives. They are comfortable with themselves, have a loving partner and are not jealous of what others have.
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    Jul 04, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    Exactly JB...
    The study cited that simple things like being able to walk down the street to the grocery store and knowing your neighbors even played a part

    When I was in Copenhagen I was amazed that everybody just likes to go out for a midafternoon stroll
    They have an amusement park in the Middle of their capital for God's sake icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    GQjock saidExactly JB...
    The study cited that simple things like being able to walk down the street to the grocery store and knowing your neighbors even played a part

    When I was in Copenhagen I was amazed that everybody just likes to go out for a midafternoon stroll
    They have an amusement park in the Middle of their capital for God's sake icon_wink.gif


    Sounds like other European cities I have been to. The Europeans work to live, not live to work like North Americans. After going to places like Paris and Rome I wonder whether our priorities are screwed up!
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    Disney is not happy with this claim...

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    Jul 04, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    yeah, america, my home and a country i love very much, is a country that you have a lot of opportunity. because of the opportunies that are open to us, we think it is a place that will make us happy. unfortunately as JBE60 alluded to, we equate our happiness/ self worth to what we own, what we can buy, how much money is in our bank account. as a result, if we cant buy the latest and the greatest of everything we tend to struggle with our happiness. as a result of this grind to get the most, a lot of times we forgo vacations, family, friends, fun and a myriad of other things that are more important to having a fulfilling life.

    the other issue is that although we are the land of the free we are a nation built on hypocrisy. All men are created equal, but we will enslave blacks. all men are created equal but women cant vote or get paid the same wages today as men. all men are created equal but gays cant have the same rights as straights.

    we put all these rules and regulations on how people can live, what they choose to do with their body and then behind closed doors do all the we put down, like view pornography. then we point our fingers at people who have the balls to go out in public snd do what they want. we live in a society that is super judgemental/hypocritical and as a result, ppl tend to not be who they truely are. if u are not u u cant be truely happy cuz the true u is always suppressed.
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    Jul 04, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    I have a colleague who moved to work in Denmark from the UK, and his day is long if he's there by 9 a.m. and stays until 3 p.m. I'd be smiling too if that was my work day! You guys are right though...it's mostly about enjoying what you have instead of the grind to get more and more.
  • treader

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    Jul 04, 2008 5:43 PM GMT

    '60 Minutes' did a news piece on Denmark's happiness this season:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=4181996

    It's worth looking at if you haven't seen it. The basic answer to Denmark's happiness is not having high expectations - in fact they recommend having low expectations. They said that Americans are too materialistic and aren't satisfied until they have it 'all' which is very unlikely to ever happen.

    Yes, Denmark's covers a lot of basic necessities such as college (!) but their taxes rates are significantly higher. There's no free lunch as they say.

    Still, Americans could definitely learn a good lesson from the Danish (and from a lot of other cultures).
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    Jul 04, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Jesse Helms died today. I think the U.S. should be moved up one place on the happiness scale.
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    Jul 04, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    McGay saidJesse Helms died today. I think the U.S. should be moved up one place on the happiness scale.


    I think the human race should be bumped up one place on the happiness scale, and gays move up two positions with a bullet. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 05, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    GQJock - Nice topic post !!! I've noticed what some have eluded about European life while visiting quite a few cities over there. It seems like close knit communities even within the large cities of Paris/London/Brussels/Amsterdam. There are lots of small family run shops, stores and cafe's, and they are frequented often by those living in each particular area. There's always some neighbors meeting at the cafe's and calmly talking, not seeming to be in any rush, at the end of the day all the office folk gather at the pubs for a beer with friends before going the rest of the way home. I'll never forget the several older wemon in full length furs riding their bikes and stopping to talk with others on their way to some shops, two Ladies in Florence Italy riding side by side laughing and having a great visit on their bikes while "dressed to kill", and two stately old men talking on park benches. The Moroccan coffee/tea shops in Marceille, where the guys coming in to work kissed and hugged their fellow workers when the shifts changed, and spoke to the regulars like they were family, all seemed to take their time and enjoy the moment. Everywhere I went It seemed like a constant festival atmosphere. They truely seem to not worry about having a lot, but are quite apparently happy. I brought home some of their ideas, and determined to retire early and end my grasping for ever more of what I wanted. LOL !!! So I did, and I lost a lot of money by retiring so early, but guys, I haven't missed a dime of it, LOL !!!! I highly recommend early retirement !!! Life is too good to rush through it, isn't it !!!!
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    Jul 05, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    I've been going to Copenhagen since I was about 6 years old - and I love it there. The people I've met and have become friends with are very welcoming and giving. The city is cultural and there are fun places to see.

    My favorite "happy" place on earth though would be St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, about 15 minutes from Monaco or Nice, France. Of all the places I've ever been, that is my favorite - a place where I am as happy as I can be. Relaxing there with plunging views down to the Mediterranean, plus the village and restaurants - all make it my favorite place where I'm happiest.
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    Jul 05, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI've been going to Copenhagen since I was about 6 years old - and I love it there. The people I've met and have become friends with are very welcoming and giving. The city is cultural and there are fun places to see.

    My favorite "happy" place on earth though would be St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, about 15 minutes from Monaco or Nice, France. Of all the places I've ever been, that is my favorite - a place where I am as happy as I can be. Relaxing there with plunging views down to the Mediterranean, plus the village and restaurants - all make it my favorite place where I'm happiest.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Well damn !!!! I missed that place !!! can you slip me into one of your bigger suit cases the next time you go??????? LOL !!!!!!!!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 05, 2008 12:15 PM GMT
    It's a whole new perspective ...
    The things that we place in high regard really don't matter to many Europeans .. the Danes in particular

    The gay men in particular aren't carbon copies of the gym bunnies we get on this side of the atlantic
    They are more in tune with what's going on in the world and around them
    less drug use... But a lot more cigarette smoking unfortunately

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    Jul 05, 2008 1:32 PM GMT
    Rot Grot un Flot (lack of diacritical accents owing to the limitations of this webmail client - ahem powers that be please fix that if you intend to run a global business) - Jimminy Christmas - Denmark - They are happy because they are IGNORANT, as in they don't know any better, as in IGNORANCE is bliss. They are IGNORANT and HAPPY because they don't really leave Denmark, much.

    No one is happy who lives in a country where a sunlamp and a martini is all you need to have a party.

    They also spend less money on anesthesia because THEY DON'T NEED IT.

    They do, however, spend a great deal more money on alcohol because THEY DO NEED IT, desperately.

    St. Jean Cap Ferrat, WTF (I am reminded of Tony Soprano referring to Captain Tebes). There is no more loser-filled recycling center in the entire south of France.

    If fake tits were filled with hydrogen then St. Jean would make the Hindenberg tragedy look like a kid's birthday party.

    The Cote d'Azur has been ruined.

    Alas, no Europeans are happy.

    The socialist Scandinavians disdain initiative, southern Europeans are so riddled with envy that it is breathtaking, the Germans, well, WTF is going on there? The Dutch are freaks, the Swiss hide their envy better and then strike like crocodiles, and the English, well, try to find a plumber in London.

    The Japanese, quite rightly, say that happiness is way overrated and honor is of greater importance.

    Anyhoo, happiness is portable, it is optional, and it is fragile. Personally, I choose to revel in it when I have it and mourn it when I don't.

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    Jockbod48 saidI've been going to Copenhagen since I was about 6 years old - and I love it there. The people I've met and have become friends with are very welcoming and giving. The city is cultural and there are fun places to see.

    My favorite "happy" place on earth though would be St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, about 15 minutes from Monaco or Nice, France. Of all the places I've ever been, that is my favorite - a place where I am as happy as I can be. Relaxing there with plunging views down to the Mediterranean, plus the village and restaurants - all make it my favorite place where I'm happiest.
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    Jul 05, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    Awesome, Jesse Helms finally pegged... now we just need to Mugabe to join him and the whole world can go up a few notches (I'm from Zimbabwe, at the bottom of the current list :-))