Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #81  
Old 06.05.2008, 07:48
ticino's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 860
Groaned at 36 Times in 25 Posts
Thanked 390 Times in 222 Posts
ticino has earned some respectticino has earned some respect
Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

Quote:
View Post
Generally speaking places with more sunlight have happier people...
Recently read a book about happiness which had a section on happiness of nations as well. It included a fairly scientific survey according to which Iceland is the happiest nation (NO sunlight) with CH very close to the top as well.

Also within CH the happiest people do live in the canton Zug and not in Ticino. So sunlight probably has a small influence compared to other factors. Apparently, social security, small income variations, and a feeling of being in control of your life (direct democracy) have the biggest influence on how happy people are.
Reply With Quote
  #82  
Old 06.05.2008, 08:42
dakman's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NYC (heart is split between Switzerland and the Big Apple)
Posts: 1,872
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 901 Times in 543 Posts
dakman has a reputation beyond reputedakman has a reputation beyond reputedakman has a reputation beyond reputedakman has a reputation beyond reputedakman has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

Quote:
View Post
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

No, I am just saying I know alot of people who never move from where they grew up and would never dream of living anywhere else. Does that make them happy? perhaps or maybe not.
Reply With Quote
  #83  
Old 07.05.2008, 09:09
heebeegeebee's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 172
Groaned at 13 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 59 Times in 36 Posts
heebeegeebee has earned some respectheebeegeebee has earned some respect
Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

I think they are confusing contentment with happiness.
Reply With Quote
  #84  
Old 07.05.2008, 10:40
Principia Discordia's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Züri Unterland
Posts: 1,229
Groaned at 85 Times in 55 Posts
Thanked 2,502 Times in 801 Posts
Principia Discordia has a reputation beyond reputePrincipia Discordia has a reputation beyond reputePrincipia Discordia has a reputation beyond reputePrincipia Discordia has a reputation beyond reputePrincipia Discordia has a reputation beyond reputePrincipia Discordia has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

I think there are way too many other variables that need to be considered when it comes to suicide, so many that using it as a measure of unhappiness is pretty flawed. Religious attitudes make a far, far bigger difference in the rate of suicide, and in countries with relaxed social and legal attitudes to suicide, like Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries, you'll naturally have a far higher rate of suicide. I'm a pretty happy person, but the fact that I can legally go somewhere to commit suicide if I have a terminal illness makes me even happier, and I imagine I would take advantage of such a service if I felt the need to, and it wouldn't really reflect on my happiness in any way, either.

Many people from other countries with more stringent laws come here to avail themselves of the services of Dignitas and Exit as well, and if those also get counted, then its even more flawed to base happiness on suicide rates.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Principia Discordia for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
country, happiest, happy




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Great Place To Get Married In Central Switzerland! larrylizzard Other/general 5 06.09.2007 12:39
Google Earth William Tell Housing in general 8 18.05.2007 10:07
Earth shoes??? Lundi Other/general 2 27.09.2006 13:38
The new Google Earth (Beta) Guest Other/general 0 27.08.2006 16:16
Where on earth to buy a fridge? muze7 Other/general 5 11.08.2006 16:19


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:49.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0