Happiest (and saddest) countries

Legatum Institute, a public policy organization, compares global levels of wealth and well-being in its annual ranking of nations.

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Feb 7, 2013 2:13PM

We seem to have lost all pride in our work ethic.  We have lost our standards of morality.  We make celebrities of totally unworthy people. We elect corrupt politicians.  We reward laziness, incompetence, rudeness, and inefficiencies because we, ourselves, are too lazy to call people accountable for their actions.  We are more concerned on being politically correct than demanding what is acceptable.  We deserve what we are getting.Until we as individuals stand up and confront.......soured milk will continue to rise to the surface.  You guys are looking way too deep into this. 

- When was the last time when a waitress ask if the meal was good, when it was a mediocre or poor meal and you said it was OK?

- When was the last time when the front desk clerk at a hotel/motel was good: and you had just stood in ankle deep water and you said it was OK?

- When was the last time when you called your cable company and they said they would be out between noon and 5:00pm and you said it was OK?

- When was the last time you waited for over an hour for your doctor/dentist appointment and you said it was OK?

- When was the last time you took back a food product to the grocery store because it was spoiled, or opened, some other way unfit?

- When was the last time you called your state agency because you thought the gas pump was in error?

- When was the last time you called your doctor's office to question a bill that should have covered by insurance?

- When was the last time you cancelled a service (like a newspaper) when they consistantly failed to deliver?

- When was the last time you fired a landscaper/lawn service because they failed to show up on time?

- When was the last time you walked out of a store leaving a full grocery cart because they had insufficient lanes open for check out?

- When was the last time you called the national headquarters of a local company to complain about local service?

- When was the last time you called local TV, radio station, newspaper help line to complain about local business and government shortcomings?

- When was the last time you called up your state representatives and reamed them a new ****?

- When was the last time you called up you federal representatives and reamed them a new ****?

- When was the last time demanded a price check on an item you were sure you were being overcharged for?

- When was the last time you questioned one of your employees and let them slide on a fluff answer.

- When was the last time one of your employees said, "it is what it is " and you let that go...........SHAME ON YOU!!!!


Feb 7, 2013 2:14PM
Its the people of the country that make or break it. Most people are lazy, they spend way too much time following the trash on TV. They waste money on things that they cannot afford or need. And most important of all the young are not encouraged to do well in school. More importance is given to football players and basketball players and everyone wants to be on TV. That is bringing down the country. Ignorance and being stupid is celebrated and that is the saddest thing. 

This can't be a surprise to anyone. Well anyone outside of DC that is.

Feb 7, 2013 2:36PM
You idiots who say that there is no problem is why there is a problem. Get your heads out of the sand, because if you do not realize there is a problem then it will not get fixed. The US is in trouble but we are to stupid to realize it.
Feb 7, 2013 2:09PM
Happiest countries: overwhelmingly white - Saddest countries: overwhelmingly brown/black
Feb 7, 2013 1:42PM
With these IDIOTS in the White House. We are in a RACE for the BOTTOM!!!
Feb 7, 2013 2:39PM

After reading the comments on this page it is obvious that the people of the USA  have no clue what makew the USA number 12 and Scandanavian countries number 1, 2 and 3. Blame Blame, Blame.This president, last president, congress, welfare, WRONG>>

If you all got off your high horses and elected people who care about you then the USA could be backon top. As long as corporate America and the Military Industrial COmplex controls the government the USA will continue to decline in all 89 categories this survey is based on.

Feb 7, 2013 2:37PM
Most of the happiest countries are not drowning in defense costs.  Of course Sweden knows it's vulnerabilities but counts on other western powers to bail them out.  The U.S. could cut way back on all that if we didn't go around looking for more trouble.  Also note the amount of taxes and corporate regulation in the top rated countries as opposed to the free-for-all of the bottom rated countries where all the wealth goes to the few in power.  
Feb 7, 2013 1:54PM

The massive Norwegian welfare state is bankrolled by high taxes and big reserves of offshore oil and gas.

What's Norway got that the rest of the world doesn't? For one thing, a per-capita GDP of $57,000.


Well I'll bet it would be hard to the republicans to get elected in Norway of course they use the revenues from their offshore oil and gas to help the people.  In this country the politicians allow private companies to drill on public land and give them tax breaks to pay for their drilling equipment.

The billionaires pocket the profits and the rest of us just pay too much for gasoline.  Did I mention free Health Care.  Conservatives always call the president a socialist maybe we would be better off if the whole government were socialist?

Feb 7, 2013 2:19PM
This has NOTHING to do with the current administration! Its OUR lifestyle! We did not make the list under Bush either. Part of the problem is people who blame whoever is in the White House without looking for other reasons why we are not the happiest country in the World! But nice try!
Feb 7, 2013 2:13PM
So it's the White House making us unhappy, really??? You sound like all the people waiting on hand outs from the WH.  This used to be a do something country. Now we do nothing and expect everything. Wake up!!!!! You want this country to be a better place? Change it. DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, but you won't will you???? I think not, you'll just to continue to sit around and expect others to do it for you. If you're that unhappy, LEAVE, GET OUT, we  don't need you. Go to one of the happy countries. LOL.
Feb 7, 2013 2:10PM
the worst part is there is no fixing the problems which are numerous especially when there are sooo many idiots in this country who believe the only reason we're on the decline is obama or bush TIME TO WAKE UP or better yet, just go back to sleep!
Feb 7, 2013 2:22PM
Half the people commenting on this article must be paid right wing trolls, or just ignorant. I don't think most of you even read the whole thing. Did you notice that Norway, a SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY, is number one on this list? Yet half of you are saying our country is in decline because of our SOCIALIST president? And you dumb right wingers are always confusing your political systems with your economic systems. CAPITALISM is our problem. It makes our government put business first, before the people. In Norway, they put the people first. It is a WELFARE STATE. The citizens are taxed more on consumption (up to 25%) and income (47%). Corporate taxes are at a similar rate to the US, but we all know how the loopholes and subsidies work over here. If you look at our system, you'll see the ones who really have their hands in the cookie jar are not the poor, but the rich (duh). That is our problem. As is lack of education, as evidenced by many of you unfortunate folks.
Feb 7, 2013 1:59PM
Who cares what someone else says?  I'm happy and healthy.   We are not a SAD COUNTRY!  We are Blessed and Highly Favored.  People need to speak LIFE over their country and their situation.  Speak Blessings and not Curses !  The bottom line is 'WHAT DO YOU SAY? ". 

And regardless of what 'they' might say....I have traveled the world and there is No Place like these United States of America !!!  
Feb 7, 2013 2:01PM
NOTE: all countries with low populations and almost 0% diversity....i think it's time they step up and open their borders as we have....wait 5 years....take this survey again....it's the least they could do with all that prosperity and happy
Feb 7, 2013 1:58PM
US unemployment remains stubbornly high.  As if somethings being done about it and it's not responding.  Give me a break!
Feb 7, 2013 1:59PM
Amazing that the top 3 are all socialist democracies. Isn't that like communism?
Feb 7, 2013 1:40PM
That's where our country is now for reasons brought on by the white house.  At this rate with a new term, we will probably be 24th on the list in 4 years.
Feb 7, 2013 2:50PM

Comparing relatively small and homogeneous countries like Norway and Sweden to a large diverse country like the USA is apples vs. oranges.

The one common trait among these wealthy countries (and higher end areas of the USA) is not only is the birth rate very low, but the parents are older.  Unplanned pregnancies are very rare. 

If all Americans decided not to have children until they were socially and financially ready to make raising their kid their # 1 priority (for most people that means 30 years old), in 20 years our schools, health care, welfare, crime rate and prisons would resemble those of Western Europe.


Of course, Sweden, Norway and NZ don't spend trillions with their militaries scattered all over the world fighting 5 wars.

Feb 7, 2013 3:01PM

This report makes sense to me.  As some ex-pats say, "America - where you're always just a broken bone away from financial disaster!"  I long for a country where I don't have to live in fear of getting sick and losing everything I've worked hard for. 

Some of you say "socialism" like it's a dirty word but America's broken system is like something from a Charles Dickens novel.  If Tiny Tim were American he would've died at the end of the book.

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