Argentina's place in the World Happiness Report

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  • The new World Happiness Report's top ten:
    Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.
    Argentina is #29. Quite good, in a study of 156 countries. Confirmatión of what we all know about Argentina: there's much more of great value than empanadas, tango, malbec and dulce de leche!


    The report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, bases its rankings on life expectancy, social support and corruption levels. Also this year for the first time, the report evaluates countries by the well being and general happiness of immigrants to those countries. https://s3.amazonaws.com/happi…eport/2018/CH2-WHR-lr.pdf

    (Ranking charts begin on page 9, with immigrant happiness on page 19)


    Here's a great takeaway:

    "One immediate response among readers and commentators is to suggest that people should move to a happier community in order to make themselves happier. On recollection, when they see the nature of the social connections, and the quality of communities, governments and workplaces that underlie these happier lives, they see that the right answer is not to move to the happier communities but instead to learn and apply the lessons and inspirations that underlie their happiness. Happiness is not something inherently in short supply, like gold, inciting rushes to nd and much con ict over ownership. My gold cannot be your gold. But happiness, unlike gold, can be created for all, and can be shared without being scarce for those who give. It even grows as it is shared. "

  • To be honest, I find these happiness surveys to be bunkum. You take your happiness with you, or indeed your misery.

    Yeah. There have been stories about body exchanges where an unhappy, rich old guy gets a young stud’s body. They end realistically, and predictably, with the old/young guy realizing that a new body doesn’t mean a new life; that carrying old baggage in a new suitcase doesn’t change much. We are who we are till we change the things we don’t like - to the extent we’re able.

  • Yeah. There have been stories about body exchanges where an unhappy, rich old guy gets a young stud’s body. They end realistically, and predictably, with the old/young guy realizing that a new body doesn’t mean a new life; that carrying old baggage in a new suitcase doesn’t change much. We are who we are till we change the things we don’t like - to the extent we’re able.

    Hence the quote at the bottom of original post:

    "One immediate response among readers and commentators is to suggest that people should move to a happier community in order to make themselves happier. On recollection, when they see the nature of the social connections, and the quality of communities, governments and workplaces that underlie these happier lives, they see that the right answer is not to move to the happier communities but instead to learn and apply the lessons and inspirations that underlie their happiness. Happiness is not something inherently in short supply, like gold, inciting rushes to nd and much con ict over ownership. My gold cannot be your gold. But happiness, unlike gold, can be created for all, and can be shared without being scarce for those who give. It even grows as it is shared. "

  • Italy is 47 (forty-seven!) but if you are foreign-born, it looks like a 39.

    Argentina may be 29, but if you are foreign born it sucks... like a 42. Did they interview expats complaining about no Amazon, no eBay, no Apple Store, no IKEA?

  • Italy is 47 (forty-seven!) but if you are foreign-born, it looks like a 39.

    Argentina may be 29, but if you are foreign born it sucks... like a 42. Did they interview expats complaining about no Amazon, no eBay, no Apple Store, no IKEA?

    ... no maple syrup, no nutter butters, no kale? That would probably account for the difference between # 29 and #42, all right.

  • Was she checking it out as a possible substitute for her litter box?

    She actually thinks the crispy leaves are very good at holding water drops which she likes to lick off. Serafina is an enthusiast for washed vegetables. Since she was a kitten, she made a point in supervising every green leaf that gets washed in the house, occasionally stealing a piece of salad or a parsley bit, but mostly licking the water they are being soaked in or the wet leaves.


    Doesn't work the same with other kind of vegetables! Oh, and she loves running after raw peas.^^


    Her favorite toys are green, as well. She is really fond of green, as a general rule.

  • She actually thinks the crispy leaves are very good at holding water drops which she likes to lick off. Serafina is an enthusiast for washed vegetables. Since she was a kitten, she made a point in supervising every green leaf that gets washed in the house, occasionally stealing a piece of salad or a parsley bit, but mostly licking the water they are being soaked in or the wet leaves.


    Doesn't work the same with other kind of vegetables! Oh, and she loves running after raw peas.^^


    Her favorite toys are green, as well. She is really fond of green, as a general rule.

    I just KNEW she had to be an earth-friendly, recycling kitty! Viva, Serafina!