01-19-2006, 11:38 AM #1
"Bangladeshis world’s happiest nation: study"
You know I first notice this "correaltion" back in Mexico where I saw poverty but was mezmerized by how content they were.
DHAKA: Bangladesh is the happiest nation in the world, according to a recent study report of the World Happiness Survey. The United States, on the other hand, is a sad story, which has been ranked only 46th in the list of happiness.
India is the fifth happiest place in the world, with some other countries including Ghana and Latvia, Croatia and Estonia put in the same ranking. The study led by professors of London School of Economics on the link between personal spending power and the perceived quality of life conclusively proved that money can buy everything but happiness.
The study revealed that people in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, derive far more happiness from their small incomes than, for example, the British (32nd on the list) do from their relatively large bank balances.
In fact, people in most rich countries including Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and others are much unhappier than their poorer counterparts in countries like the Dominican Republic and Armenia. Most unfortunate, however, are Russians and people in some other parts of the former Soviet Union. They are neither rich nor happy, the World Happiness Survey shows.
Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria and Moldova follow the United States in the list. The study reveals that although the British have twice as much money to spend in real terms compared with 40 years ago, their perceived quality of life has not improved.
Earlier surveys revealed that many Britons thought money could bring happiness. The new study shows that such a link still exists in poor countries because a small increase in income can mean large improvement in lifestyle. However, beyond a certain income-level, direct relationship breaks down. According to the research, happiness in rich countries now is far more dependent on close personal relationships, good health and job satisfaction. People in Britain are generally less happy than they were 10 years ago. Two-thirds would rather see the environment improved than have more economic growth and personal spending money, said Robert Worcester, visiting professor of government at the LSE and co-author of the study.
01-19-2006, 12:29 PM #2
Interesting study. Alot of these poor people dont even realize that they have a bad life, or are poor. Until some rich person comes along and tells them "Oh how you live like this" "This is terrible", and then show them how they live themselves. Then the poor person compares themselves to the rich person, and thinks they have a horrible life.
In the US for example people are programmed to work. I know people in their early 20's that work 80 hours a week. All they do is sleep and work, that is a horrible life.
You live to work and work to live.
01-19-2006, 12:36 PM #3
I also believe that media has developped such a predetermined socially acceptable lifestyle to live that those not in the "norm" hate themselves, their lives and are depressed. Its called consumerism and being materialistic.
Ive never ever seen Dr. prescribe anit-depression drugs as much as in America. I am certain that 70% of ppl who are depressed in America is b/c of this. It's really sad.
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