Hoeveel plaatsen zou ons land gestegen zijn op de index nu "de mensen" met een fris gekapt hoofd terug naar dieren in een kooi mogen gaan kijken?
Reports of national happiness tend to be dominated at the top by small, wealthy, European democracies like the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands and Switzerland. However, while reading an article recently about Japan's unusually low score for such a developed country, I became curious as to the reverse i.e. which countries most significantly outperformed what one might expect of a nation at that stage of economic development. At a glance, Costa Rica seems to be the highest ranked country that I would classify as "not fully developed"; at the very least, its level of development is not comparable to it's neighbours in the rankings. But then, Costa Rica is one of the wealthiest and most stable countries in its region. Are there any other nations which place strikingly high in spite of significant economic or developmental issues?
Happiness is not something you can presume based on countries' economic,education,etc. levels.
I always see this thing on the news such "World Happiness Report" and Scandinavian countries are always the first ones because crime rates are pretty low, they are underpopulated, education level is very high,etc. and that might make some people happy but some not. I have traveled a lot of countries and met so many people from different regions. I'm really interested in different cultures than my own and therefore I read about Asian, African, South American countries' cultures, daily lives, people a lot. As far as I'm concerned, people in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America are way happier than Scandinavians and Europeans, despite their relatively poor living conditions.
Suicide rates are pretty high in Eastern European and Scandinavian countries compare to the regions I mentioned. I reckon that the weather also has a big impact on people's mentality. People from cold regions tend to be more depressive but people from hot&tropical regions tend to be more care-free and therefore that makes them happier. Furthermore, I believe that living in relatively poor conditions make people to appreciate and be happy with small things but on the other hand, western people usually take things for granted and as a result, that makes them greedy. If you are greedy, it's not easy to be happy with what you've got. It's never enough. On the other hand, poor people know how to be happy with small things because that's the only things they have. I also believe that ignorance is directly related to happiness. Ignorant people tend to be happier than people with master degrees. I'm not saying that being poor and ignorant great and better. Most of us couldn't adapt to that lifestyle because that's not how we've been raised but those people know how to be happy in worse conditions than ours.
Of course I'm not generalising this. There are extremely poor countries in Africa, South America and Asia. They are different cases. As far as I'm concerned the least happy countries are mostly from Middle East due to endless wars for ages, then extremely poor countries such as Sudan, Liberia, etc. then I would go with Scandinavian countries. There are some ridiculous things in World Happiness Report. For instance, Malawi is one of the least happy ones but I've been there, I've met a lot of Malawian and talked about Malawi. It's exactly the opposite. They are so friendly and full of life. I... keep reading on reddit ➡
So I'm a woman, 22 years old, and this time next year I should have my Master's degree in Education which makes me qualified to be a classroom teacher. I've studied to be a qualified Special Education teacher as well. I am born and raised in Finland, the happiest country in the world (per the World Happiness Report 2019), and according to different 2019 sources our educational system is also among the best or the very best in the world.
However, through my social relationships and my work in special education and foster care services, I know that mental illnesses are everywhere despite "all the happiness". I myself have suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder since I was a small child, and the illness presents itself mostly as very strong, incapacitating nausea and nervousness when the anxiety hits. Right now I'm doing very well as I started taking medication last autumn, but I'm afraid I'll fall back to feeling sick all the time if I quit the medication some point. I've seen the other side of happiness. That said, I've also seen the other side of "the best educational system in the world".
AMA - about anything I just said.
EDIT: My night shift at a foster home is about done and I need to get some sleep, but I’ll get back to answering your questions as soon as my brain functions fully again. Thank you so much for all your messages and questions and keep them coming! :) (I got another very boring night shift coming, so...!)
Was browsing YouTube when came across a video about the World Happiness Report , so just googled it and downloaded it . Man it was a shock when India is ranked 140 out of 150 countries studied and the 10 countries below , most of them are effected by war. What are your opinions on the report that the UN published.
I think this is the second or third time you guys are number 1 on the world happiness report
What do you guys think is the key to your success and how should other countries follow?
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