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Chris 04-03-2012 10:26 AM

Canada the 5th Happiest Country in the World?
 
World Happiness Report: Success can?t just be measured in dollars and cents | News | National Post

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One study, for example, ranked Canadian cities based on income and life satisfaction. It found that in the richer cities (Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa) people were the least satisfied with their lives, whereas in the smaller and poorer ones (Charlottetown, Quebec City and especially St. Johnís) people were far and away the most happy. Another study ranked peopleís estimates of the likelihood that a neighbour would return a wallet they found containing $100, as a proxy for social trust, which predicts happiness more reliably than income.
New topic that was discussed at the United Nations, with talks of the Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product. According to the studies, we're a pretty happy country. I think the top 5 really goes to show what type of political system (constituional monarchies) exhibits better well-being.

LX 04-03-2012 10:36 AM

The UN can take this and shove it up their collective ass.

Just kidding. I think. Hopefully I haven't been too effected by the usual Toronto gruffness. I remember when I first came here it felt a little unsettling to see so many stern faces marching around downtown. I think it's a happier place now that so much of the world has come here.

Anyway - I think this sort of approach to economics is great. We ignore the true cost of things far too easily.

Chris 04-03-2012 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by LX (Post 632854)
The UN can take this and shove it up their collective ass.

Just kidding. I think. Hopefully I haven't been too effected by the usual Toronto gruffness. I remember when I first came here it felt a little unsettling to see so many stern faces marching around downtown. I think it's a happier place now that so much of the world has come here.

Anyway - I think this sort of approach to economics is great. We ignore the true cost of things far too easily.

Exactly, I'd much rather live in a more relaxed world measured by GDH instead of GDP, where my living standards are accounted for rather than how much I contribute to the economy in pure dollar values.

Reduce the work week or let everybody go in at 9:00 :yeah:

TORaptor4Ever 04-03-2012 12:12 PM

Fully expected to see the Scandinavian countries in the top 4 spots... and I wasn't disappointed. Some people look at their high income tax and shudder but I honestly think that the way their societies are set up are close to ideal. You can actually SEE where your taxes are going. And people seem to be much less money-driven in those countries.

On another note... I was talking to a guy here at work who just came over from St. John's and I couldn't believe what the house prices are like out there now compared to 10 years ago. Holy crap the oil industry has really changed that city (and province).

pzabby 04-03-2012 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever (Post 632882)
Fully expected to see the Scandinavian countries in the top 4 spots... and I wasn't disappointed. Some people look at their high income tax and shudder but I honestly think that the way their societies are set up are close to ideal. You can actually SEE where your taxes are going. And people seem to be much less money-driven in those countries.

On another note... I was talking to a guy here at work who just came over from St. John's and I couldn't believe what the house prices are like out there now compared to 10 years ago. Holy crap the oil industry has really changed that city (and province).

Great countries with great environments.. and great women. Not only are they incredibly beautiful but much more down to earth than your usual beautiful gal

Someguy again 04-03-2012 11:20 PM

meanwhile in the basketball world...

Dutches 04-04-2012 04:17 AM

I was going to read it and then I realized it was the National Post. :dancing:

Chris 04-04-2012 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 632953)
Great countries with great environments.. and great women. Not only are they incredibly beautiful but much more down to earth than your usual beautiful gal

I'm pretty sure theres down to earth hot girls in every town, city, province, state, country, continent around the world.

jeffb 04-04-2012 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 632953)
Great countries with great environments.. and great women. Not only are they incredibly beautiful but much more down to earth than your usual beautiful gal

Boy, you're so worldly for your age. :)

b55bgc 04-04-2012 10:32 AM

I think St. John's Newfoundland was once dubbed the happiest City in Canada.

Maybe ignorance is bliss. lol

Chris 04-04-2012 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by b55bgc (Post 633211)
I think St. John's Newfoundland was once dubbed the happiest City in Canada.

Maybe ignorance is bliss. lol

I can definitely see that

Windex 04-04-2012 12:35 PM

you know what makes me unhappy? The UN.

Dario 04-04-2012 02:29 PM

And Vancouver up there with the 3rd best city to live in the world :D And Tdot right behind at 4th

thought 04-04-2012 04:50 PM

i'm happy as shit

LOG 04-04-2012 06:10 PM

70% of the population are stoned most of the time, sure we are happy :yeah:

pzabby 04-04-2012 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 633208)
Boy, you're so worldly for your age. :)

Indeed, I travel alot :)

Chiggmo 04-04-2012 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 632953)
Great countries with great environments.. and great women. Not only are they incredibly beautiful but much more down to earth than your usual beautiful gal

I find a lot of euro countries to have that same thing. Maybe its just they know I'm foreign... lol.


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