mysweetladyjenny said:Posted by jp
India is very religious, do you think religion/faith plays a role? Kind of "we are miserable here, but we will be happy there", and just curious I´ve read some time along that the scandinavian countries had the highest suicide rates, then how can they be among the happiest?
I´m sorry I didn´t follow up the thread but the member who posted that, where did you get that information from? Shitty weather as some of you say, bring sthg. called stational depression, since they don´t see the sun like say for 9 months, and some internal body mechanism needs some dosis of good weather/sun, so I don´t get it. And if not just look at Brazilians and the joy they transmit, dancing singing, it´s like why bother, life is fine as it is.
As to Buenos Aires, I think as a porteña that people in this country give more importance to family and friends than money, in other countries you are what you have (materially speaking), here the equation is simplier, maybe because the great majority knows that we won´t drive a BMW, so enjoy what you have, and don´t lose your precious time to get what you don´t and who knows even if you work your ass out you´ll ever have .
Think about all the exmultinational unemployed executives/workers.
Add to this that argentines can never guess the pipeline ahead, maybe you wake up and us/peso exchange rate is 10/1 or 1/1, corralitos, corralones, coup d`etats, import/export fees changing overnight, so even if you work night and day...who knows?.
At the same time, many of those who "made it" (laboralmente hablando) have not done it through etical means, or climbing up the corporate ladder so they are often "disregarded" or looked with disdain by society since many rightfully start to wonder how they got there (yes, some did it lawfully but many many are there thanks to bribes, lobbying, political positions, connections, but not all of them through hard work)
It´s more kind of a "seize the day" philosophy (spend your leisure time with friends and family and don´t let your job interfere with your private sphere) vs "matate trabajando" and retire early.
If some of you have watched Carlos Sorin´s films, maybe you can get a glimpse of what we understand by living happily or just living. Historias Mínimas, bonbon el perro, etc...can give a clue.
I'm don't really understand this post above... But if you are asking where the information that Denmark was the happiest country in the world came from then I'll answer that as I started that topic.
You can find this information in many sources. A simple Google search will bring up many many articles from main stream publication such as Business Week, IHT, NYT, & others. So I certainly won't list them here.
But basically these article are reporting on two studies; one done in 2006 by the University of Leicester and the other done in 2008 by the University of Michigan. You can Google for both of these studies and they will come up as well.
Regarding suicide; The happiness country is not related to suicide. Suicide is a heath (as you mention Seasonal Effective Disorder, depression, end of life) as well as the culturally related sigma (or not in this case) of suicide. I read an article which postulated that because the populations are happy, there are few systems in place to deal with depression, unlike Argentina which seems to be well equiped to deal with mental issues.
And don't forget assisted suicide. For example, Switzerland, allows for end of life termination. So, although ranks high on the happiness chart (top 10)it is also high on the suicide chart (top 20). So again, this is related to health and not happiness. Northern European countries have less stigma of suicide than the southern European ones and that reflects in the suicide rate of the countries. Highly Catholic countries like Italy & Spain has less suicide than Belgium or Lithuania.
So, now how do you figure Africa & India are the happiest? Zimbabwe seems to rank last. I think abject poverty, violence, war, famine, insecurity, illness & corruption makes people very unhappy. [FONT="]