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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Here is the report: http://worldhappiness.report/

Where you can also see that people living in Lybia (63) are happier than in Portugal (88) or Greece (102).
Or that people in Venezuela (23) are happier than in France (29) or Spain (36)...

But I guess the Swiss won't pick up these inconsistencies, as it ranks them in the 1st place.
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Old 24.04.2015, 13:15
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But I guess the Swiss won't pick up these inconsistencies, as it ranks them in the 1st place.
I don't see the value of being placed #1 on that list. Haters be hatin enough as it is.
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Old 24.04.2015, 17:38
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Soooo, the inmigrants from Togo are the happiest people on earth, no?
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Old 24.04.2015, 17:52
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Well, they sure don't look happy....

I wonder who is truly happier; a sour faced Swiss who says he is happy or a smiling Spaniard who says life's a bitch...
As a Canadian who feels ever compelled to politely and warmly smile I can confirm (for myself) that a public smile does not always mean happiness. I admire those who do not feel they have to go about smiling at strangers. One can be civil (and happy) without it. I have also heard that the some Swiss (or others) may mistake all that North American cheery, tail wagging, in your face smiling for being simple-minded. In that case it probably makes me appear the village idiot.
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anyone reporting as unhappy is fined, see that is how they won
Beatings will continue until morale improves!
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Ever been to a Migros on Sunday? Def not a happy place.
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Old 24.04.2015, 18:41
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

This article came out in September last year

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/who-find...mbers/40589132

It's a miracle indeed how this nation had turned around within a short period of time
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This article came out in September last year

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/who-find...mbers/40589132

It's a miracle indeed how this nation had turned around within a short period of time
That's no turn-around. Anyone feeling a bit down, under the weather, or simply woke up a bit grumpy just tops themselves, leaving the happy behind.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Does this correlate in any way with the large number of "mail-order women"one frequently sees on the arms of elderly, paunchy blokes in Swiss cities?
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Old 24.04.2015, 22:00
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Define "happy."

I've met about half the Swiss in Central Switzerland and am related to at least a fourth of them. I would not label them happy but I definitely would say they're content.

I don't think that's the same thing but then again....

define "happy."
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

I live in Greece.
You all know the problems here.
Here is my opinion:
The biggest charateristic of human life is the dependence and effect of other people's choices and behaviours. Unfortunately, in year 2015, the level of this charateristic is extremely high, in every society (except some African villages). In Greece, even if you want to live as a saint, you ll see the effect of other people's action upon you, in every step of your life. The way the road is made, the buyldings arround your house are built, the clerk in a public office, the teacher, the policeman, the poltician, the european politician, the big businessman, the journalist...
Everyones action, effects on your life, and this cant be unseen...
It can depresse you. Days before, a student killed himself, because of the hard daily bullying on him for 1,5 year. He was a perfect smily child, with no other problems, except this: THE OTHERS...

I can talk for this subject for hours, but you understood what is the point.
In Switzerland, other peoples actions, have a good effect on your life, and that is good for you. Life there, is not the excact definition of happiness. I would rather say, is the definition of harmonic life. Harmonic life between others, than help you in your life, and not make it difficult.
Maybe you would be much happier if you had a bar in Mykonos island and be with a different woman every night, from you age of 19 and with many money in your pocket. Maybe if you sold cigars in Cuba, or hot dogs in a Tayland street, would be much happier than in Switzerland, because of the beautiful places and the extreme daily entertainment. But you could say you live harmonicly. You would simply be the lucky guy between unhappy people. And your actions maybe had a bad effect in their lives.

That is the situation. Switzerland is not the place for the perfect-crazy-dreamed life. I have been there. From a point of view, is a miserable place, especially for young people. But is the perfect place to live a statistically high quality of life for a long period, with harmony with other people and a State that solves your problems in a good way.

That is my opinion (and sorry for my language mistakes)
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

I think this post should probably say: are the Swiss the happiest people in the world?

I really hate the over generalisation of these surveys that are based on index factors of wealth, health and activity. Are people here really happier then those of Monaco or Brunei for example? The people of Bhutan may be poorer and not susceptible to the fools follies of recreation, but spiritually they may be ecstatic!

Living in Zürich I find it hard to believe that the Swiss are "happier", smugger maybe, but if you can get some of the Zürchers I travel on the tram with to crack a smile, you'd be a better human then me...
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

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Let me put it this way: Our smile is your stare and vice versa.
Keep that in mind and react accordingly. This should solve about 63% of the cultural missunderstandings found on englishforum.

Also note that people in the bus are slightly grumpier than the ones in trams.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Since I can find Switzerland in many articles dedicated to worldwide happiness, then it must be true ...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0423130327.htm
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Let me put it this way: Our smile is your stare and vice versa.
Keep that in mind and react accordingly. This should solve about 63% of the cultural missunderstandings found on englishforum.

Also note that people in the bus are slightly grumpier than the ones in trams.
Cheers Prof, I am gonna give everybody the dirty evils when I sit on the train, especially if the have the audacity to sit opposite me in my own personal 4 seat space:
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

What cracks me up is that the colours (hence results?) on the Happiness-map and on the Life-Quality-map are exactly the other way around.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

I agree, and enjoyed reading your thoughts.. it also depends where you stand at life and that certain place you live.
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Since I can find Switzerland in many articles dedicated to worldwide happiness, then it must be true ...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0423130327.htm



That sort of correlates with another studies on "misery index*, Switzerland being the least unhappy in 2014, right after Brunei....
Misery Top 10 including Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Serbia etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misery_...28economics%29
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Misery Top 10 including Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Serbia etc.
EF didn't make it in the top 10? I'm surprised.
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EF didn't make it in the top 10? I'm surprised.
I know! I was like...





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