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Who are the happiest people in the world?

mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,073 ✭✭✭✭
This article reports the Scots as being the happiest, increasing their score on the areas measured since 2012.

The Welsh however, are the most miserable. :s

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/scotland-is-the-only-place-in-the-uk-getting-any-happier/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=052618global&utm_content=052618global+CID_8c6bd6248e9e09ed56e5031ae2f16d20&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=Watch the Video

According to the World Happiness Forum, the people of Finland are the happiest, followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. This is curious when you look at suicide rates, where Finland is quite high (35th out of 183). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate


What makes you happy? Do you think these measurements have any real meaning?


  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    From my point of view, happiness is simple, a job, a flat or a house and one of two children, the most important-the whole family live together, I mean, my husband, me and our child or children.
  • DakotaDakota Posts: 43 Inactive
    Personally, I can say to be happy when some things in my life goes well:
    equilibrium among work, family and and friendship...and when I feel good with myself, when I'm proud of me and satisfated about what I do daily in my life...from the simplest to the most difficult!
    Even when I can do what I love, like have fun with a friend, skating, drawing or stay in close contact nature in quiet meditating
    But, in general,I have always thought that happiness depends mostly on your personal attitude :)
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,710 mod
    That's really funny that you should say that, because on the whole, the Scots have a reputation for being miserable. Clearly that isn't quite the case!
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands Why the Scots have a reputation for being miserable?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,073 ✭✭✭✭
    It is true that 'dour Scots' are famous for their taciturnity, but I'm not sure that they are miserable. At least all the Scots I know aren't. If anything I find that they are warm and friendly.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,710 mod
    mheredge said:

    It is true that 'dour Scots' are famous for their taciturnity, but I'm not sure that they are miserable. At least all the Scots I know aren't. If anything I find that they are warm and friendly.

    I don't know why they have that reputation exactly, but all I know is that it's what people say. I haven't found it to be the case myself, though.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,073 ✭✭✭✭
    Interestingly, 'dour' comes from a Scottish word meaning 'stern' or 'miserable.'

    These articles are good at exploding the myth however.


  • hamoudi27hamoudi27 Posts: 9
    the happiness it's depends on the person, everywhere there are a happy and sad, this is part of life
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,073 ✭✭✭✭
    I agree @hamoudi27. It is very much dependent on each person. I think that by being positive about things, this helps a lot.
  • hamoudi27hamoudi27 Posts: 9
    yes, exactly
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,073 ✭✭✭✭
    ‘We're not meant to be happy all the time.’ Does the pursuit of happiness at all costs actually make us unhappy? The human condition means that maybe happiness is not something that we can expect at all times.

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