Happiest and saddest countries 2013

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Nov 12, 2013 9:22AM
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The U.S. was happy,  but them the Kardashians emerged and took all that away.
Nov 17, 2013 6:27PM
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If being a mostly white country in the far north was the secret to happiness Russia would be in the top five. If a socialist government was the secret then Greece would be happy. I think a sense of unity might be a positive factor. I don't see how calling people libtards and teabaggers helps to make a sense of unity.
Nov 12, 2013 10:42AM
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Only when the people of these unhappy countries learn to have fewer children will anything change for the better. Overpopulation ruins anything it touches.

New Zealand is the best and happiest place I have seen in my travels.  One of the big reasons for that is a low population that is not out of control and a gov't that the people actually like! Just think of that for a minute. Add the gorgeous scenery and benign climate....what a place. And, it will stay that way for a long time due to severe immigration restrictions.

Nov 12, 2013 6:44AM
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Seems as if the happiest places are where the weather is the coldest. 

 

Nov 17, 2013 4:31PM
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All the happy places will become unhappy unless STRICT IMMIGRATION LAWS are maintained ;-)
Nov 12, 2013 11:36AM
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Every country on the saddest list has a large non-white population and compared to the ten happiest America does too.  Correlation?
Nov 18, 2013 3:35PM
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The happy countries exist for their own citizens.  They keep out undesirables.  They have strict immigration laws.  They don't stick their noses in other countries' problems.  They don't go to war.  They keep their tax dollars in the country for their own citizens.  How wonderful would the US be if we could do that.  But then the rest of the world - these happy countries included - would scream bloody murder if we didn't DO SOMETHING.
Nov 12, 2013 1:28PM
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unlike the u.s. with over forty million illegal aliens breaking our laws and feeding off the country the worlds most happiest countries are nor bordered with low life countries that could care less about their people and feel the rest of the world should take care of them .
Nov 17, 2013 10:47AM
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Of course you're happier in the prettier countries. How can you be happy when you are surrounded with ugliness and suppression and terrible poverty. As much as I have complaints about whatever with the US, I am so glad I live in it.
Nov 12, 2013 1:06PM
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Any coincidence that a lot of the happiest have some of the most beautiful women in the world?  :)
Nov 12, 2013 10:24AM
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You either choose to be happy or not. I moved out of the U.S. 3 years ago to the happiest place I had ever been. Perfect weather, modern enough facilities  for me anyway. Less than 20 miles from the mountains or the Pacific. Be happy where you are and you'll be happy in most other places, and those you already know are the worst countries, just avoid, along with some people from all countries.
Nov 17, 2013 1:23PM
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Anyone noticed that all of the "happy" countries were in Europe and those that weren't are in Europe proper are Commonwealth Realms of the British Crown?
Nov 17, 2013 7:23PM
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First of all the happiest countries are also very expensive to live in.  Sweden is a great country if you can afford to live there.  An auto mechanic there has to make almost $5000.00 a month just to live there not own there own house just to rent.  I would have no desire to live in these countries where they are very small and highly populated.  Living on top of each other is not my idea of happiness.  Americas biggest problem is the size of our government and the amount of people that depend on it to survive. 
Nov 12, 2013 11:27AM
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I'm 50 and and I spent half of my life in South America and Europe, specially in Italy. The core of the problem it's consider happiness as a goal, when the real way to happiness it's by duty, specially civil duty.. (Goethe) Happiness it's very slippery road that drags everybody downwards. For example if you observe the economic and political chaos of South America you will see that the reason is everybody wants to be happy without doing their duties as citizens. Corruption and moral decay is rampant because the goal is happiness at any price, that always end in survival and political cannibalism. In Europe the situation is different. Very different.  Until the end of WWII they have been in a 2000 years civil war, so the sense of civil duty is very high but they deal with the overwhelming weight of 400 millions citizens living in a narrow corridor in the west of Eurasia. Big part of that corridor it's covered by cold and mountains and the price they pay it's very high compared with American standards. Cold it's a serious cause of sadness. The statistics don't say that, but when you are in a place where the cold fog don't let you see beyond 20 feet for month, believe me. you will be very sad. To wrap it up, I will say that America, still is far beyond any other country in therms of happiness, because still the sense of civil duty and courage of Americans it's higher than the rest of the world.
Nov 12, 2013 2:42PM
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It's got to be all of the booze and coffee they consume during their long winters.
Nov 12, 2013 12:41PM
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Life is a roll of the dice, win you are white and live in Scandinavia lose you are not white and live in equatorial countries.  
Nov 17, 2013 11:20AM
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The happiest nations all have strong unions, single payer healthcare and a strong focus on human development. Everything the GOP stands against, when will America wise up. ?
Nov 11, 2013 9:00PM
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I would not call Canada the best place, but my favorite choices would be the  following on  this list, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Australia and New Zeeland, however I do still agree with the rest of good places  which were on the list even thou I did not pick as my favorite.  By the way, my favorites two spots in Central America would be Panama and Costa Rica.  I know they don't make the list, but still my favorite two, when it comes to Central America of course.  Why I don't score Canada as " the best " because I think when it comes to the happiest places all of them score  very High to me and it's very hard to choose a winner comparing between Canada or Australia, the decision is tough.  If you ask me I called a tie between Canada and Australia.  I got to admit that both countries have a glamorous  landscape in the  wild and are naturally gorgeous and in many ways may look alike, government wise, they are far better than most countries. I wish other countries may learn from Australia or Canada how to manage their budget in a responsible manner.
Nov 12, 2013 5:51AM
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How's that Obama care working out for you LOL
Nov 18, 2013 5:01PM
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Memo to saddest countries:

 

Does birth control mean anything to you.

 

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