August 07, 2010

"Don't Worry, Be Happy!

The United States tops all the lists as the richest country via GDP (gross domestic product); however, the US ranks at number 14 on the list of happiest countries via GHP (gross happiness product). What are your thoughts on this?

"Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

Forbes 2010 List of Happiest Countries

30 comments:

  1. I guess the current economic crisis has a lot to do with how happy or unhappy people feel right now. We may be the richest in terms of GDP, however, the wealth is not evenly distributed and way too many people go without every day. Am I happy? I believe I am contented right now. Every once and a while, I get a little anxious but for the most part, I don't worry, especially about things I have no control over.

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  2. Probably because everyone is chasing that "American Dream", working at jobs that does not satisfy us and working for crappy bosses in order to acheive it. On top of all of that; were not sure if we will walk in the door the next day and get a pink slip from that crappy boss. LOL. If you have time, we may squeeze some entertainment in that will cost us a pretty penny, but other than that life is good for most of us. Two words to sum it up. Rat Race.

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  3. I'm going to 'get it' for this but the truth is: we are spoiled--we have EVERYTHING and don't know what life is all about: relationships, sharing and emptying of ourselves, while glorifying our Creator. Advertising works: we aren't 'happy' until we have that 'person', better job or house, 'that' car, or that 'toy' or 'that' vacation.

    Joy is deep contentment; happiness is fleeting. No wonder we are unhappy: we don't know what joy and rejoicing is, in the midst of sorrow and don't realize that emotions fluctuate and nothing outside of our true selves and purpses will make us truly content.

    We are covetous, spoiled, anxious and are forced to compete (just to survive) but we don't sit back and smell the roses....we do and do and do and become human doings.

    It's a lie: self-esteem does not make us happy--bringing health and joy to others, DOES!

    Okay...bash away!

    ;-)

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  4. I see no correlation between wealth and happiness. They say, "money can't buy love" (happiness) and they also say "mo' money mo' problems." I think a great question would be to ask folk ot complete the statement: "Happiness is _________________." The honest answer should enlighten each of as to what is really important and what we value most. Money may make it to the top of the list and for some it may not.

    Too often we believe that if we Move on Up to the East Side that all will be well and happiness will be in abondance, but George and Lousie showed us for years that moeny alone does not equal happiness.

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  5. Thanks A.T. Hmmm, let's see, Happiness for me is:

    - Not being in a rush...
    - Laughing...
    - All my family being well-settled all at the same time...
    - Good, spicy, rich, food from the world over...
    - Baby sneezes, children laughing, sport bras, elders holding court, etc...
    - Being with my Boo...
    - Inner peace and following a supreme being!!!

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  6. I just think it's a shame that we the people are so sad and unhappy, I refuse to claim this on or in my life.

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  7. I think the results are correct. People here do not know how to be happy with themselves, happy for others or happy with what they have. We may be one of the richest countries but we have the worse quality of life.

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  8. We are responsible for our own happiness.

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  9. Needless to say... money doesn't bring happiness!

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  10. Ann. B. A.August 08, 2010

    We are too spoiled and self-centered. In the Dominican Republic, the people there live in shacks that are nothing, yet they have true joy. They know how to pitch in and how to be content!

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  11. "less is more"

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  12. Sport bras, HB?

    I am afraid to ask....

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  13. @Barb L: it's just something rather comforting and safe about a woman in a sports bra...yeah, don't ask!

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  14. I agree with all of the above. But for me peace of mind is my first need. From there I gain happiness.
    As I listen to comments and debates about our present situation and how we got here, I sadly shake my head. We are a selfish nation of parinoid people with an extreme absence of empathy for our fellow man.

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  15. American culture's interpretation of happiness is in material wealth, individualism,and possessions when in fact true joy comes from having peace with one's self, family and friends.

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  16. Stamatis M.August 10, 2010

    If people slowed down a little, then maybe the colors of life wouldn't be so blurry. But we love to rush (and guilty as charged).

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  17. I know many truly happy people here in the US, but I don't know how many of them would be answering polls.

    Still, the overall findings make sense to me. Much contempoary Western society is designed so that things are feelings seem elusive. If we have something, we want more or better. And that seems equally true of people with little money as for those with a lot.

    I grew up without television or radio (and, often enough, without telephone). So, pretty much the only advertising in our home was from the few magazines my parents bought (Redbook, Popular Mechanics, the Reader's Digest, Ladies Home Journal, and Popular Science). We were neither rich nor poor. And there was definitely some bad things going on. But, overall, we were happy.

    I think part of it was that my parents didn't mind being different from our neighbors. For example, our front yard was all clover, mixed with mint. All our neighbors had Bermuda grass lawns that they spent hours and hours every week keeping beautiful. Our yard, to me, looked better, but it required only mowing. There wasn't the elusive search for the "perfect" lawn.

    We took a lot of pleasure from the vegetable and flower garden in the yard. From the rabbits and chickens we kept, even in the city. From the very rare new LP (mostly groups who sang at our church). From the dishwasher!

    And I find happiness in those small ways still. I have some goldfish and I enjoy watching them. I'm delighted every time I use the dishwasher, as I truly don't like to wash dishes. I admire the bright colors the Bengali women in my neighborhood wear while I'm walking, even if I'm on the way to the laundry.

    Somehow, I think that much happiness comes from the moment, rather than from peering forward.

    Great question, as usual.

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  18. Marilyn P.August 11, 2010

    I agree with James and Max. Sometimes the simpler life brings the greatest happiness. It isn't material wealth, it is the relationships you make along the way, the service you give and the love you show.

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  19. I guess money really CAN'T buy happiness.

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  20. Man, you folks are wise beyond my interpretation. Maybe its my experience, but if I see the sunrise, touch my family, speak with others, I'm happy. If I can spend some cash (not credit) and get some stuff, cool, for me. If I can I put a smile on someone else's face (family first), or at the least gift a sigh of relief upon a challenged soul, then I'm happi-er.

    I was happy to engage on follies of youth when I was young; guided not to pursue them beyond the lesson; wise not engage beyond my capabilities, learned to delicately advise and admonish those behind me as those before me have done.

    Knowin this...I'm happy.
    But the cash still makes me SMILE!!!!

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  21. My mother taught us that "life was too short to hurry it out and too long to worry it out. Live it one day at a time." Worry never changed anything but perhaps your health for the worse. Keep the faith and stay the course. Have a Blessed Da...y.

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  22. It's hard to be happy when there are people around you who are so focused on greed and wealth they cannot see when and how others are being hurt by their actions. The banks, for instance, have received bost loads of money and now won't lend any out. Well if you provide the bank statement of your first grade teacher, a urine sample and a commitment of your third born child, you have a fighting chance to get financed. Let's think about this, a person with decent credit has to jump through six million hoops in order to borrow money that will be paid back for a fee for the life of the loan. Money is being made by the bank on every side.

    The situation with the flight attendant a couple of weeks was actually celebrated by a lot of people because we understand. Enough is enough. Greed has driven this country to turmoil. The rich get richer and poor don't get anywhere. What's that about?

    To ask is the U.S. happy. The answer is a resounding NO!!!

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  23. I think money is simply a tool that only enhances your beliefs and values. If you want to know what someone really values look at what they spend most of their money on. I'd rather take a great experience over stuff any day. The bank can't foreclose on that...

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  24. I think money is simply a tool that only enhances your beliefs and values. If you want to know what someone really values look at what they spend most of their money on. I'd rather take a great experience over stuff any day. The bank can't foreclose on that...

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  25. It's hard to be happy when there are people around you who are so focused on greed and wealth they cannot see when and how others are being hurt by their actions. The banks, for instance, have received bost loads of money and now won't lend any out. Well if you provide the bank statement of your first grade teacher, a urine sample and a commitment of your third born child, you have a fighting chance to get financed. Let's think about this, a person with decent credit has to jump through six million hoops in order to borrow money that will be paid back for a fee for the life of the loan. Money is being made by the bank on every side.

    The situation with the flight attendant a couple of weeks was actually celebrated by a lot of people because we understand. Enough is enough. Greed has driven this country to turmoil. The rich get richer and poor don't get anywhere. What's that about?

    To ask is the U.S. happy. The answer is a resounding NO!!!

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  26. "less is more"

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  27. I think the results are correct. People here do not know how to be happy with themselves, happy for others or happy with what they have. We may be one of the richest countries but we have the worse quality of life.

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  28. I see no correlation between wealth and happiness. They say, "money can't buy love" (happiness) and they also say "mo' money mo' problems." I think a great question would be to ask folk ot complete the statement: "Happiness is _________________." The honest answer should enlighten each of as to what is really important and what we value most. Money may make it to the top of the list and for some it may not.

    Too often we believe that if we Move on Up to the East Side that all will be well and happiness will be in abondance, but George and Lousie showed us for years that moeny alone does not equal happiness.

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  29. I'm going to 'get it' for this but the truth is: we are spoiled--we have EVERYTHING and don't know what life is all about: relationships, sharing and emptying of ourselves, while glorifying our Creator. Advertising works: we aren't 'happy' until we have that 'person', better job or house, 'that' car, or that 'toy' or 'that' vacation.

    Joy is deep contentment; happiness is fleeting. No wonder we are unhappy: we don't know what joy and rejoicing is, in the midst of sorrow and don't realize that emotions fluctuate and nothing outside of our true selves and purpses will make us truly content.

    We are covetous, spoiled, anxious and are forced to compete (just to survive) but we don't sit back and smell the roses....we do and do and do and become human doings.

    It's a lie: self-esteem does not make us happy--bringing health and joy to others, DOES!

    Okay...bash away!

    ;-)

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  30. I guess the current economic crisis has a lot to do with how happy or unhappy people feel right now. We may be the richest in terms of GDP, however, the wealth is not evenly distributed and way too many people go without every day. Am I happy? I believe I am contented right now. Every once and a while, I get a little anxious but for the most part, I don't worry, especially about things I have no control over.

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So, what's your take on this? Oh c'mon, share a little!