Hm...where is Singapore in the ranking? Malaysia is 17. I guess the happy ones don't find their way here. The plants in my fondue pot are growing taller and it will be hard to empty the pot for Swiss cheese once they become deeply rooted. Switzerland is No.2 but I still can't find the time and money for the Swiss cheese for my fondue because I've been working cheaper, better and faster year after year.....
"Cheaper, faster and better"....its the same old story. The last time they promised Swiss cheese if we worked harder and faster but this time they don't even bother to promise anything. All they can say is we will get to keep our jobs to service our HDB debts if we can keep up with their system.
There is this delightful little movie called "Travellers and Magicians"[Link] which I picked up last year at Cash Converters which taught me something about Bhutanese happiness. Bhutan unlike Switzerland or Denmark is a dirt poor landlocked nation surrounded by India and China. In the movie, a young impatient village official wanted to leave and go to America which he saw as a place of great economic opportunities. He missed his bus and had to find his way to the airport by hitchhiking. Along the way, he met strangers with whom he had to share whatever transport came along. Many minor mishaps caused him to discover the kindness and hospitality of his fellow Bhutanese villagers and the respect they had for him as an official. At the end of the movie, he decided to give America a miss. Bhutanese happiness is generated by people being kind, caring and generous towards each other. The Bhutanese govt puts happiness ahead wealth in policy making[Link].
There are many paths to happiness but CBF is probably not one of them.
Here's an interesting article by Jim Jubak on GNH.
GDP vs. GNH (gross national happiness)
The criteria may be subjective -- and different from the measures we're used to -- but determining a country's happiness can have economic and societal benefits.
[Related content: spending, middle class, luxury, recession, Jim Jubak]
By Jim Jubak
Would we all be happier if economists measured happiness?
I spent a lot of time thinking about that on a camping trip last weekend. (Hey, it was really cold, and I had trouble sleeping.)
Can money really buy happiness?My friend Pamela had set my thoughts down this track by saying, "You know, I don't need all the stuff I have," as we watched the sun sink behind the Pennsylvania mountains.
It's the kind of thing you routinely say standing around the campfire on your first day out of the city. After a few days, in my experience, the remark is likely to be met by protest: "What about hot showers? What about coffee without bugs in it?"
But this time, on this camping trip during the Great Recession, the sentence hung there, gathering meaning (but, unfortunately, not giving off any heat) in the cold October air. Many of us have thought long and hard, probably in the deep of the night, about what we could do without -- if we had to. I know I have.
(Read the rest of the article here.............)