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    Norway Is the World’s Happiest Country





    The authors found that three-quarters of the variation among countries can be explained by six economic and social factors: gross domestic product per capita (a basic measure of national wealth); healthy years of life expectancy; social support (having someone to rely on during times of trouble); trust (a perceived absence of corruption in government and business); the perceived freedom to make life choices; and generosity (measured by donations).

    Still, there are outliers.

    In Latin America, life evaluations are about 0.6 points higher on average than would otherwise be predicted by those indicators. East Asian countries have the opposite problem, reporting less happiness than would be expected based on those factors. In both cases, the authors credit, at least in part, cultural differences.

    Still, they argue that those six factors explain much of the variation in happiness around the world — and that nations ignore the social factors at their own peril.

    Take the United States, which ranked 14th this year. Despite gains in per capita income and healthy years of life expectancy, happiness in the United States declined 0.51 points between the two-year periods ending in 2007 and 2016, they found.

    “We’re getting richer, but our social capital is deteriorating,” Dr. Sachs said.

    Social support, trust, perceived freedom and generosity all suppress happiness in America. And to offset that drag economically, gross domestic product per capita would have to rise from about $53,000 to $133,000, he argues.

    “The country is mired in a roiling social crisis that is getting worse,” he wrote in a chapter dedicated to America’s flagging happiness. “Yet the dominant political discourse is all about raising the rate of economic growth.”

    To fix that social fraying, Dr. Sachs argues policy makers should work toward campaign finance reform, reducing income and wealth inequality, improving social relations between native-born and immigrant populations, overcoming the national culture of fear induced by the Sept. 11 attacks, and improving the educational system.
    So keep your candles burning
    "Nevertheless, she persisted."
    a.k.a. starchild, starburst, stardust, sweetpea, and dumber than dirt.

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    Wrong. Hawaii is


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    Quote Originally Posted by intojoy View Post
    Wrong. Hawaii is
    Did Hawaii secede from the U.S.?
    So keep your candles burning
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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Did Hawaii secede from the U.S.?
    Obviously when they lied about Obama's birth certificate.



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    But seriously Anna, honolulu is the best city in the world to live in. IMO


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    Quote Originally Posted by intojoy View Post
    But seriously Anna, honolulu is the best city in the world to live in. IMO
    I won't argue with you on that since I have my own loyalty to my home state of California so I'll allow you the same leeway.


    But it's interesting that the U.S. as a whole only ranks 14th., I really thought it would be higher than that.
    So keep your candles burning
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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post
    I won't argue with you on that since I have my own loyalty to my home state of California so I'll allow you the same leeway.


    But it's interesting that the U.S. as a whole only ranks 14th., I really thought it would be higher than that.
    We in the west coast live in a bubble. I think much of the US deals with tough times. Especially racism.


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    Norway doesn't have much in the way of poverty, largely because of their high rates of taxation and the wealth from their nationalized oil



    venezuala could have been norway-south, but they decided to go full-socialist

    the lesson?


    never go full-socialist

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    Quote Originally Posted by intojoy View Post
    We in the west coast live in a bubble. I think much of the US deals with tough times. Especially racism.
    The West Coast has its share of racism. Chinese (Chinese Exclusion Act), Japanese (internment camps), Native Americans, African Americans, Mexicans.

    And while there are plenty of wealthy in the large population centers, we also have some of the largest populations of homeless.
    So keep your candles burning
    "Nevertheless, she persisted."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ok doser View Post
    Norway doesn't have much in the way of poverty, largely because of their high rates of taxation and the wealth from their nationalized oil



    venezuala could have been norway-south, but they decided to go full-socialist

    the lesson?


    never go full-socialist
    Nope. Never trust the brown people


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    Quote Originally Posted by intojoy View Post
    Nope. Never trust the brown people
    well, that too

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    I love Norway and would love to live there.

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    Norway was my favorite part of Epcot.
    Your "catholic" is showing. - Sozo

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabenedetti View Post


    And those top five are no less than "evil" socialist regimes!

    What does that tell you?
    _/\_

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    Quote Originally Posted by quip View Post
    And those top five are no less than "evil" socialist regimes!

    What does that tell you?
    The people are brainwashed?

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