Poor Nations are Happiest
January 12, 2013
According to scientists, people in poor countries can find joy in the moral satisfaction that often is not available to citizens of the developed countries.
by Sergei Vasilenkov
Pravda.ru (edited/abridged by henrymakow.com)
Citizens of poor countries are the happiest in the world.
The US came 33rd, tied with Chile, China, Sweden and Swaziland. Canada, Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark, meanwhile, all cracked the top 20.
If the standard of living in Panama is comparable to that of developed European countries, residents of such countries as El Salvador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago cannot boast similar conditions. Scientists explain their happiness by historically formed mentality of these people who see happiness in things other than material goods. According to them, people in poor countries can find joy in the moral satisfaction that often is not available to citizens of the developed countries.
"We keep working and don't get paid enough," complained the 33-year Singaporean Richard Lowe.
"Wealth does not bring happiness, but only problems. Life is too short, and there is no place for sadness," said Maria Solis of Paraguay.
Thanks to Tony Blizzard for sending this.
First Comment from Tony:
I can't vouch for the absolute accuracy of the below article from Pravda.ru but the trend is interesting. I may have been mislead in my belief that the actually poorest countries in the world would be in Central Africa. Or Southern Asia.
Observation seems to bear out that the unhappiness of the "Western" totally materialist rat race, often considered Jewish in concept, compares unfavorably to "third world" apparent general satisfaction in having enough to get by, with real priorities geared toward more worthwhile priorities such as family and religion. Are not the named "happiest" nations basically Catholic?
These small nations are obviously not caught up in any foolish, prideful, competition to be considered top dog on the world totem pole in any category and thus would be much more "laid back" than "developed" nations. Too, unlike the Protestantism of most of the "developed" world, Catholicism does not imply that enjoying life is a deadly sin. Nor does it condone such inhuman "rights" as child murder (abortion) which is the leading cause of death in the United States these days. How many mothers who have murdered their children in this manner are subconsciously haunted and never really at ease in life by reason of having committed that heinous, criminal sin?
Of course, most of the reasoning here on my part is conjecture so it would be interesting to have the input of anyone on this list who has real knowledge of the general population of any these named nations concerning the accuracy of the report of their happiness.
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