Canada among the happiest countries in the world


Goober
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Canada among the happiest countries in the world
Canada among the happiest countries in the world - The Globe and Mail


Link to the report

www.earth.columbia.edu/sitefi...s%20Report.pdf (external - login to view)

First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations - The Earth Institute - Columbia University (external - login to view) The report shows that, where happiness is measured by how happy people are with their lives:
■Happier countries tend to be richer countries. But more important for happiness than income are social factors like the strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom.
■Over time as living standards have risen, happiness has increased in some countries, but not in others (like for example, the United States). On average, the world has become a little happier in the last 30 years (by 0.14 times the standard deviation of happiness around the world).
■Unemployment causes as much unhappiness as bereavement or separation. At work, job security and good relationships do more for job satisfaction than high pay and convenient hours.
■Behaving well makes people happier.
■Mental health is the biggest single factor affecting happiness in any country. Yet only a quarter of mentally ill people get treatment for their condition in advanced countries and fewer in poorer countries.
■Stable family life and enduring marriages are important for the happiness of parents and children. In advanced countries, women are happier than men, while the position in poorer countries is mixed. Happiness is lowest in middle age.

As case studies, the report describes in detail how happiness is measured in Bhutan and the United Kingdom, and it lays out how the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development plans to promote standard methods of data collection in different countries. The report itself proposes two evaluative questions that should be asked by social surveys of representative populations in all countries:
■Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? (where 0 means extremely unhappy, and 10 means extremely happy)
■All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole nowadays? (where 0 means extremely dissatisfied and 10 means extremely satisfied.)
 
skookumchuck
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Geez you would never know it by this forum
 
B00Mer
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WLDB
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In the grand scheme of things it makes sense. We do have it pretty good so its no surprise.
 
B00Mer
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lone wolf
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Someone doesn't look at what he posts
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Someone doesn't look at what he posts

Happy Happy Joy Joy
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Someone doesn't look at what he posts

He was blinded by his happiness.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Ah the famous Dance of Joy I see.
 
Kreskin
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Bull****!!
 
B00Mer
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Bull****!!

 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Man can you move - But ya gotta get some more rhythm and then take it on the road.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Man can you move - But ya gotta get some more rhythm and then take it on the road.

Don't Worry Be Happy

 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by skookumchuckView Post

Geez you would never know it by this forum

Sorry hit the red in error, meant to give you a greenie.
 
damngrumpy
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Of course we are happy we are to dumb to know how much trouble we are in
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

Of course we are happy we are to dumb to know how much trouble we are in

Actually we should be, most of us get three squares a day, have warm dry accommodation, clothes on our backs, a gov't that caters to our every whim, so we have a lot to be thankful for, but from the amount of incessant whining we hear all the time you'd never know it. Hate to think what unhappy people would be like.
 
bill barilko
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IME experience Fijians are much happier than the average Canuck.
 
skookumchuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Sorry hit the red in error, meant to give you a greenie.

S'ok, it matches my socks
You did have me wondering WTF though.
 
Dexter Sinister
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In my experience, money can't buy happiness, but it can certainly buy some superficially impressive substitutes.

Lack of money can make you pretty unhappy, but if you have enough, more won't make you happier. Happiness isn't something you can get on its own or seek for its own sake. It's a byproduct of having other things, like family, friends, security, comfort, something interesting and useful to do, stuff like that.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter SinisterView Post

In my experience, money can't buy happiness, but it can certainly buy some superficially impressive substitutes.
Lack of money can make you pretty unhappy, but if you have enough, more won't make you happier. Happiness isn't something you can get on its own or seek for its own sake. It's a byproduct of having other things, like family, friends, security, comfort, something interesting and useful to do, stuff like that.

Yep, nothing like feeling of accomplishment.
 
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