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American_suisse 04.05.2008 13:27

Happy Swiss
 
Not sure if this is in the correct area or not. Sorry if I am in error.

Just read an article on Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008/04/23/happiest-places-world-oped-cx_ewe_0423happiest.html
that listed the top ten happiest places on the planet. Switzerland came in second with a happiness level of 8.1, just behind Denmark with a level of 8.2.
How does that score compare with your experience living here?

Guest 04.05.2008 13:32

Re: Happy Swiss
 
Definitely a beautiful place to live! Very happy when the sun is up. Not very happy when I don't get sun for a long time. The Swiss are great are maintaining and keeping things in running order.

latigresse 04.05.2008 13:45

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Originally Posted by Phos (Post 219207)
Definitely a beautiful place to live! Very happy when the sun is up. Not very happy when I don't get sun for a long time. The Swiss are great are maintaining and keeping things in running order.

Ditto all of this, and I will reiterate what I wrote in another thread.

I love the following about Switzerland:

Peace, tranquility, security and a slower pace of life - I feel a sense of personal security here that I haven't felt anywhere else.

The mountains, lakes, flora and fauna - I spend so much more time outdoors now, regardless of season. Being able to live in such beautiful, bucolic surroundings, yet being so close to a city.

The mix of three cultures and the marriage between old-world and modern.

Fantastic, efficient public transportation system - The trains/trams take me everywhere I want or need to go, day trips are a pleasure.

Spas and mineral baths - great places to relax and unwind, soothe tired, sore muscles and recharge. Need I say more?

Being in the middle of Europe - being close enough to go for long weekends to places like Paris, Amsterdam, Bruges, Berlin, Cōte d'Azur, St. Moritz, etc.

Et bien sūr, cheese, bread, pātisserie, wine, kirsch, chocolate :D

RetiredInNH 04.05.2008 14:07

Re: Happy Swiss
 
There was a long discussion of the original report here.

Nathu 04.05.2008 16:49

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)
 
Most mornings I say to myself: "Wow, I'm about 9.0/10 happy!" It drops to about 6.5/10 on hangover days. ;)

Thank you for the hint RetiredInNH, I merged the threads now.

jacek 04.05.2008 20:00

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It seems like the people generally are more depressed in cold countries and suicide rate is higher...

Now I hear that Switzerland is ranked as the second nation in the world. It's great, it must be combination of wealth distribution, lifestyle and for some even weather (whoever does skiing or snowboarding)...

If I think that in South Africa people weather wise should be the happiest nation in entire world with one of the best climates ever. However, due to inequity and declining economy it gets worst to keep the mood upbeat.

It is amazing that for instance, in cold and economically stable countries suicide rate is high. Whereas in South Africa with warm climate people fall victim of violent crime instead, without reason for commiting suicide...

ElieDeLeuze 04.05.2008 20:42

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.............

gbn 04.05.2008 21:06

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Originally Posted by ElieDeLeuze (Post 219367)
Best place to live... it depends for whom. This kind of statistics are about local people, not foreigners in these countries...

...but many of us chose to come here based on the "rep"...

Guest 04.05.2008 21:11

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Originally Posted by gbn (Post 219377)
...but many of us chose to come here based on the "rep"...

Well the girls can be pretty cute sometimes too.

garrelor 04.05.2008 23:35

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)
 
I guess the big question here is how do we define happiness?...:confused:

byby 05.05.2008 17:24

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I think it's more cultural attitude, then reality. There are homeless folks in Zurich, I don't think they will tell you hopp sweizz. Suicidal rate depends on lenth of winter - sunshine, alki consumption and hightest in Norway.

05.05.2008 17:36

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Originally Posted by rhythmical remedy (Post 155617)

In my 20 years in Switzerland I've never really thought of the Swiss as being: * "Shiny Happy People"
Maybe the survey was taken after a spell of good weather..? :confused:

* that's actually how a Swiss co-worker once (sarcastically) described his fellow countrymen.

latigresse 05.05.2008 17:39

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Originally Posted by garrelor (Post 219484)
I guess the big question here is how do we define happiness?...:confused:

Happiness is subjective. It means different things to different people. It depends on the individual, what their priorities and purpose in life are, their circumstances...or maybe not :rolleyes:

dakman 05.05.2008 17:41

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I don't think, at least in my experience, the Swiss have a tendency to complain about things, which probably leads to feeling happier. :) Other cultures are more prone to complain about every little thing rather than see the big picture.

Guest 05.05.2008 17:53

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Originally Posted by dakman (Post 220002)
I don't think, at least in my experience, the Swiss have a tendency to complain about things, which probably leads to feeling happier. :) Other cultures are more prone to complain about every little thing rather than see the big picture.

I'm not sure that is true. I hear complaints from the Swiss about anything that does not go perfect. That includes US foreigners, btw.

dakman 05.05.2008 17:54

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Originally Posted by Phos (Post 220010)
I'm not sure that is true. I hear complaints from the Swiss about anything that does not go perfect. That includes US foreigners, btw.


I forgot they complain about the foreigners....;)

byby 05.05.2008 18:19

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)
 
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Originally Posted by garrelor (Post 219484)
I guess the big question here is how do we define happiness?...:confused:


Happiness is when you don't want to move to another country, cause you love your own so much and it cares about you too,,,

dakman 05.05.2008 18:26

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Originally Posted by byby (Post 220027)
Happiness is when you don't want to move to another country, cause you love your own so much and it cares about you too,,,


I don't define not wanting to move somewhere else as happiness necessarily.

Guest 05.05.2008 18:32

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)
 
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Originally Posted by garrelor (Post 219484)
I guess the big question here is how do we define happiness?...:confused:


This is the press release of the study. Based on this paper.

byby 06.05.2008 01:21

Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)
 
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Originally Posted by dakman (Post 220030)
I don't define not wanting to move somewhere else as happiness necessarily.


Do you expect to find a country or place on earth, where people are happy every day? Happiness is a rare commodity, comes your way once in awhile and that's the glory of it


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