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    Norway Is Named World’s Happiest Country as U.S. Gets Sadder

    Norway Is Named World’s Happiest Country as U.S. Gets Sadder – NBCNews



    WASHINGTON — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community. A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

    Norway vaulted to the top slot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price of oil, a key part of its economy. Income in the United States has gone up over the past decade, but happiness is declining.

    The United States was 14th in the latest ranking, down from No. 13 last year, and over the years Americans steadily have been rating themselves less happy.”It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it?” asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada (ranked No. 7). “The material can stand in the way of the human.”

    Studying happiness may seem frivolous, but serious academics have long been calling for more testing about people’s emotional well-being, especially in the United States. In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report recommending…



    More: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/norway-named-world-s-happiest-country-u-s-gets-sadder-n735616



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  • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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    1. How is that possible? They tax beer so much that people bootleg it from Sweden!

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  • RadicleFantast (1279 posts)
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    2. That's what happens when you're not assholes

    and you divest from DAPL.

    I, personally, would accept a chance to test for myself whether increased income would decrease my happiness. Willing to suffer for science in such an experiment.

  • Hobbit709 (2070 posts)
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    3. I'd be happy too if I didn't have Trump or the Clintons.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
  • peacecorps (3021 posts)
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    4. Damned "European socialism" is to blame. Good thing we are 'dismantling the

    administrative state’. That is bound to make us happy.  ;)

    FDR stood for high/progressive taxes, tight regulation of corporations, effective legislation to support strong unions, a strong safety net, fiscal policy that supports full employment rather than austerity, engagement with the rest of the world in terms of trade and diplomacy and the Four Freedoms. Bernie supports the same issues plus an understanding of the danger posed by climate change. Count me as an FDR/Bernie liberal.
  • Art from Ark (2333 posts)
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    5. American incomes might *nominally* be going up

    but a 5% increase in income is no increase if it puts you in a higher tax bracket, or if your expenses are outpacing whatever gains you are making with income. And of course, Social Security COLA increases have come nowhere near keeping with inflation for seniors.

    The last time America was run like a business, we ended up with a Great Depression.