Wednesday, September 9, 2009

the world's happiest countries

There is a recent study which details the world's happiest countries.

 What do you think about the study?  Agree?  Disagree?

Personally, I find it a little too subjective.  It tends to view happiness through western lenses [socialist, European lenses at that].  I know the situation in Ireland, his 11th most happiest, and I know that in many respects the envy the freedom and cost of living USA which ranks at 23.  National health care is "free" and isn't really an indication of happiness.  Many of his standards can be interpreted in reverse.  For instance, he places a high value on lots of government programs.  The pain from the high taxes is balanced by the joy of equality and "free" health care.  Is this the case in Russia?  Equality of poverty and suffering is not equal with national happiness.  He also places value on education {as do I} but some of the happiest people I know are the most ignorant {its bliss they say}.  I find that the more I know about the world directly relates to my growing discontent.  It all depends on what makes you happy.  For instance, in one country government involvement is highly valued at the level that it would ruin other countries.  The freedom which I personally value would completely destabilize other countries throwing them into chaos {Check out the J curve book.}.

Is happiness based on circumstances?  Money? Governmental security?  Education?  Some of the happiest people I have ever met have none of that.

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