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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    08 Jan '14 05:10 / 6 edits
    I turned 59 last week. In the 30+ years I played correspondence chess from about 1989 - 2009, my rating was never more than about 1800, but I remember corresponding and chatting with many people around the world, it always struck me that Americans, despite their material posessions, standard of living, business and educational opportunities, gym club memberships, life coaches etc. are a pretty unhappy group. It does not seem to matter which political party controls congress, or who occupies the whitehouse, gallup polls in the last 30+ years show americans think the country is on the wrong track most of the time. Americans complain about their jobs, relationships, communities, and situations more than citizens of other countries who seem happier, despite having to live with fewer material things. I wonder why?

    http://moreintelligentlife.com/blog/ariel-ramchandani/unhappy-americans

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/09/happy-countries/2785845/

    http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4224043-canadians-more-satisfied-with-their-jobs-than-workers-in-any-other-country/

    http://thecatalist.org/2009/07/mexicans-happier-than-europeans-and-americans/
  2. 08 Jan '14 06:10
    Originally posted by bill718
    I turned 59 last week. In the 30+ years I played correspondence chess from about 1989 - 2009, my rating was never more than about 1800, but I remember corresponding and chatting with many people around the world, it always struck me that Americans, despite their material posessions, standard of living, business and educational opportunities, gym club members ...[text shortened]... -other-country/

    http://thecatalist.org/2009/07/mexicans-happier-than-europeans-and-americans/
    I'm a happy American.
  3. 08 Jan '14 19:34 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by bill718
    I turned 59 last week. In the 30+ years I played correspondence chess from about 1989 - 2009, my rating was never more than about 1800, but I remember corresponding and chatting with many people around the world, it always struck me that Americans, despite their material posessions, standard of living, business and educational opportunities, gym club members ...[text shortened]... -other-country/

    http://thecatalist.org/2009/07/mexicans-happier-than-europeans-and-americans/
    Unhappiness may be the difference between one's expectations and one's
    reality. Americans tend to have higher expectations in many ways (such
    as for their material possessions, though not academic performance).
    Also, Americans tend to work longer hours and have fewer days of paid
    vacation than people in some European societies. Also, many Americans
    have to worry about issues such as affording private health insurance.

    In general, the United States is a rather nice place to live *if* you have
    ample money. That 'if' does not apply to many Americans.
  4. 08 Jan '14 19:38
    A colleague of mine once remarked that some study claimed that Finland was the second happiest place on Earth. "They've obviously never been to Finland!"
  5. Standard member Soothfast
    0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
    08 Jan '14 22:31
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    A colleague of mine once remarked that some study claimed that Finland was the second happiest place on Earth. "They've obviously never been to Finland!"
    Or they only visited in the middle of July.
  6. 09 Jan '14 00:45
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    A colleague of mine once remarked that some study claimed that Finland was the second happiest place on Earth. "They've obviously never been to Finland!"
    Helsinki is lovely, wifi is everywhere and the download speed is awesome.
  7. Standard member empovsun
    Adepto 'er perfectu
    09 Jan '14 01:41
    Originally posted by bill718
    gallup polls in the last 30+ years show americans think the country is on the wrong track most of the time
    gee, i wonder if that has to do with stagnant pay for the last 30+ years for the average american while the top 10% pay has tripled

    HMMMMM