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Swiss are the happiest people in the world

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/sto...hsten-25021073

This must mean that the only people complaining in this country are EF members
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

well then gesundheit and en guete!!! this keeps as happy
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

anyone reporting as unhappy is fined, see that is how they won
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

They have every reason to be the happiest, but I wish this happiness showed on their faces more often.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

But, they're only happy for 20mins at a time.
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But, they're only happy for 20mins at a time.
Which is about 19:30 more than you can manage!
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Old 24.04.2015, 08:36
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

The BBC says so too, so it must be true...
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Old 24.04.2015, 09:43
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

It doesn't say the Swiss. It says people in Switzerland.


If Swiss people go to Syria then they won't be happy.


If Syrian people come to Switzerland then they will be.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Hell Yeah!!

Denn 86% der Schweizer sagen, ES GEHT MIR GUT!!

How can Swiss not be the happiest on earth
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

When I was a boy living on the banks of the Tyne during the war years the only land which separated our house from the river was filled with allotments. The allotment nearest to us was where, after my mum had pressed a penny into my hand, I'd go to buy a lettuce, a cabbage or something for the table. I always went to Mr Iseli, an old Swiss man of pensioned-off age. We'd sit together in his garden hut and I'd listen to his tales. It was always a pleasure to hear him tell me about far-away Switzerland, about the snow, mountains, dogs that rescued people, yodelling, Swiss watches and a life other than on bombed Tyneside.
Later, afer the war when down in London I, like many other lads, started to collect stamps. Naturally I concentrated on Helvetica. And dreamt of one day seeing this lovely country. I was an avid reader and soon books fell into my hands about mountaineering, the reports of attempts to scale the Eiger, Matterhorn and so on. Then books about Swiss railways also fell into my hands - a sort of fate in a way as, just like many of my friends we were keen trainspotters. (LNER). Swiss Railways still fascinate me today and they always will.


Many years later I met a lovely Swiss girl and she became my wife and after 5 years in London we decided to come here to stay. I've been here 47 years; life has been good. From the very beginning it was a pleasure and gave me and of course my family a life we still enjoy today. We soon settled in and quickly gathered contacts and friends. Unfortunately my wife died in 2009 which was not what we wanted, but even so, when I look around and see how the whole world could be if more people went to a bit more trouble to make their own happiness Switzerland could be used as an example of commonsense in many aspects.


I've lots of Swiss friends and I've laughed a lot and hiked a lot and swam a lot and skied a lot and cycled a lot.... if I ever moan about anything it's generally because I see the standards we once had slipping away - but at my age that's normal. The world changes. But it's been wonderful. Thank you Helvetia.
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Old 24.04.2015, 10:08
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

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...
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

The happiness index in Switzerland has gone up, thanks to all the foreigners moving here.
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

I am not sure I can always tell if the Switzerland people are happy since they don't smile much. Being from the United States (midwest) I smile at everyone. Sharing my smile sometimes can bring them to smile too. Happiness is not as easy to detect in a brief encounter. So, I just hope that they are happy because I won't let them ruin my happiness if they are not. Happiness is a choice.
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I am not sure I can always tell if the Switzerland people are happy since they don't smile much. Being from the United States (midwest) I smile at everyone. Sharing my smile sometimes can bring them to smile too. Happiness is not as easy to detect in a brief encounter. So, I just hope that they are happy because I won't let them ruin my happiness if they are not. Happiness is a choice.
They're certainly content with their lives. But then again, you can't generalise and you'll definitely meet bitter persons too, so yep, don't let them ruin your happiness.
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Old 24.04.2015, 11:59
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

An article in the Guardian goes into a bit more detail into how Switzerland came top by showing rankings of GDP per capita, Social support, Healthy life expectancy, Freedom to make life choices, Generosity and Perceptions of corruption.

It’s interesting to see that the first four have high rankings but, compared to second place Iceland, Generosity gets a low score and Perceptions of corruption gets a high one.

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It doesn't say the Swiss. It says people in Switzerland.


If Swiss people go to Syria then they won't be happy.


If Syrian people come to Switzerland then they will be.
really? i think that if all swiss change places with all syrians, syria would be a happy place and switzerland would be terrible soon enough.
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Old 24.04.2015, 12:12
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Re: Swiss are the happiest people in the world

Not that the Swiss are the happiest people in the world. They are not. But Switzerland provides the most conducive environment for happiness, if you know what happiness is. Only problem is that most people don't know what their happiness is, what is keeping them from it and how to attain it.

Here's one suggested roadmap, for those who don't know what their happiness is, from Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs:

1------Self-Actualisation (Happiness)
2-----Esteem (Self & Others)
3----Belonging (Social, Love, Affection)
4---Safety (Shelter, Clothing, away from danger)
5--Physiological (Health, Food & Sleep)

Switzerland covers #4 & #5 sufficiently well. In many or most parts of the world, it takes concerted effort just to maintain it. So time and energy is spent on most #4 & #5, hoping that #3, #2 and #1 would naturally fall into place without a lot of concerted effort.

Most foreigners in Switzerland get stuck at #3. Maybe they were conditioned to focus on $4 and #5. Poor idiots will blame the Swiss for their own attitudinal problems with this, not realizing that their own attitudes of victimization and blame is what is primarily keeping them from achieving it in the first place.

A lot of people get stuck at #2 out of arrogance and egotism. Because to address #2, you really need to stick your head out of your ass and start paying attention to other people as well.

#1 can simplistically be described as "being yourself". Foreigners in Switzerland have trouble with this because of #3 and #2. Some try to fake or force it, but it shows and they know it. But it certainly can be, and is achieved here in Switzerland, if you really want to. Just take an honest assessment of how you are doing with them, and what you need to change. Usually, it comes down to changes needed to your own attitudes and perceptions.

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An article in the Guardian goes into a bit more detail into how Switzerland came top by showing rankings of GDP per capita, Social support, Healthy life expectancy, Freedom to make life choices, Generosity and Perceptions of corruption.

It’s interesting to see that the first four have high rankings but, compared to second place Iceland, Generosity gets a low score and Perceptions of corruption gets a high one.
Yes, thanks grumpy, I saw that but I didn't understand the grey on the right "dystopia 2.10 + residual"
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Yes, thanks grumpy, I saw that but I didn't understand the grey on the right "dystopia 2.10 + residual"
It's the control, a hypothetical "most unhappy" society. The ranking is relative to that. The residual is unaccounted for metrics.

A better interpretation of the data is that they went through the polls, then based on their own research attributed what they think factors into the components of the ranking.


But, using GDP/capita alone makes the methods more than a little questionable, especially considering the recent spike in CHF, and that currencies are normalized to USD with no control for pricing index.

So yeah, if you look at absolute "wages" (GDP is a poor indicator of that anyway) with no price parity, then hell yes, I'll take a swiss wage with an indian pricing index.
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They have every reason to be the happiest, but I wish this happiness showed on their faces more often.
lol, good point.
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