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03-17-2016, 08:19 PM #1
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Denmark once again takes crown as world's happiest country

ROME, March 17 (UPI) -- Denmark regained the top spot as the world's happiest country in this year's World Happiness Report, beating out Switzerland, the previous year's winner.

Independent researchers used a combination of empirical data and subjective opinion about incomes, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity of governments and individuals, and perception of corruption to determine the ranking of happiness. The researchers from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a group of academics and public health authorities convened by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, also considered how each country compares to Dystopia, a fictional and unhappy land which would be found at the bottom of the list if it existed.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2...&or=tn_int
03-17-2016, 08:30 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Chapter 4: The Geography of Parenthood and Well-Being: Do Children Make Us Happy, Where and Why?

The author digs deeper into a frequent finding that having children does not add to the happiness of their parents. The paper confirms a negative relationship between parenthood and life satisfaction that is stronger for females than males, and turns positive only for older age groups and for widowers.

http://worldhappiness.report/

There certainly are interesting and complex findings within this research.
03-17-2016, 08:32 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Chapter 2: Human Flourishing, the Common Good, and Catholic Social Teaching

This paper makes three claims. First, human beings are oriented toward notions of happiness tied to the common good; Second, post-Enlightenment political and economic developments have stripped the common good of all substantive content; Third, by restoring the centrality of the common good, Catholic social teaching offers a coherent framework for human flourishing.

Huh.
03-18-2016, 12:24 AM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Denmark had the highest index in the report. The rest of the top 10 are, in order, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

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03-18-2016, 09:05 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(03-17-2016, 08:30 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
Quote:Chapter 4: The Geography of Parenthood and Well-Being: Do Children Make Us Happy, Where and Why?

The author digs deeper into a frequent finding that having children does not add to the happiness of their parents. The paper confirms a negative relationship between parenthood and life satisfaction that is stronger for females than males, and turns positive only for older age groups and for widowers.

http://worldhappiness.report/

There certainly are interesting and complex findings within this research.

Quote:Life has its ups and downs, but parenthood is supposed to be among the most joyous. At least that’s what the movies and television ads tell us.


In reality, it turns out that having a child can have a pretty strong negative impact on a person’s happiness, according to a new study published in the journal Demography. In fact, on average, the effect of a new baby on a person’s life is devastatingly bad — worse than divorce, worse than unemployment and worse even than the death of a partner

http://www.thestar.com/life/2015/08/13/y...-says.html

Wow!

"The findings are likely to be eye-opening for some policy-makers who are concerned about low fertility rates in their countries and suggest that governments should consider giving additional support to new parents."
03-18-2016, 09:20 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow indeed.
03-18-2016, 09:21 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(03-17-2016, 08:32 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
Quote:Chapter 2: Human Flourishing, the Common Good, and Catholic Social Teaching

This paper makes three claims. First, human beings are oriented toward notions of happiness tied to the common good; Second, post-Enlightenment political and economic developments have stripped the common good of all substantive content; Third, by restoring the centrality of the common good, Catholic social teaching offers a coherent framework for human flourishing.

Huh.

Quote:In very religious places, there is a great deal of misery because the quality of life is abysmal. Think of Afghanistan, or Somalia. Within that environment, the security blanket of religion may be the only effective anti-anxiety agent around. As a result, people who are deeply religious can achieve a level of calm that eludes their less religious neighbors.

In developed countries, there are two key difference. First, the quality of life is so much better that large numbers of people (even the majority) can turn their backs on religion. Second, there are many other avenues for anxiety reduction that range from anti-anxiety drugs to endless entertainment.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the...le-happier

Hmm.



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