A happy Dutch(wo)man

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The Dutch are among the happiest folk on earth Monday 09 September 2013 Despite the economic gloom and rising unemployment, the Dutch are among the happiest people in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report.

The research, which looks at dozens of reports, rankings and other statistical information, put the Dutch in fourth place behind the Danes, Norwegians and the Swiss. The aim of the report, drawn up by American economists, is to help develop a ‘new type of policy-making aimed at increasing happiness and reducing misery’.

It also looks at the difference between happiness as an emotion and happiness in the sense of life satisfaction. The word ‘happiness’ is not used lightly, the report’s authors say in their introduction. ‘Happiness is an aspiration of every human being, and can also be a measure of social progress.’ © DutchNews.nl – See more at:




11 Responses to “A happy Dutch(wo)man”

  1. gerard oosterman Says:

    No wonder they are so happy, none of that Lycra and helmet wearing.


  2. Lottie Nevin Says:

    No lycra, no helmets A LOT of pea soup and A LOT of farting. I think this may well be the recipe for happiness 😀


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I think so Lottie.

      Many people have noticed a kind of farm smell when they land at Schiphol airport and start driving around. It is the well matured communal fart by millions over decades, that wafts around spreading sweetness, goodness, cheer and…lots of happiness.


  3. paul walter Says:

    Mmmm..I think I like Dutch girls.


  4. gerard oosterman Says:

    Paul…Yes, lovely girl and texting me while riding her bike. 🙂


  5. Patti Kuche Says:

    and thank you Gerard for sharing you Dutch happiness!


  6. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Gerard you and Lottie have got to quit with all the pea soup and farting- er I mean passing gas. (my sides are aching from too much laughing). But come to think of it all that gas passing goes around and around and passes so everybody is passing their happiness around- Holland. Looks like it spread to the Danes, Sweedish, and Norwegians too. The gas is wafting mainly north, apparently. None made it over to the US where those that be, have declared that we Americans are living in the land of the plenty and the home of the brave. I think we need more farting Americans- er, I mean gas passing Americans. But then we do have plenty of politicians that are full of hot air. 🙂


  7. gerard oosterman Says:

    For sheer good quality gas passing, you can’t get past a good Labrador dog full of Pal tinned food.
    We visited some friends who own a Labrador. As we walked around he kept following us and every now and then let loose for which the owners kept on (profusely) apologizing. We got almost dizzy.
    Our Milo never stinks and goes to a far away toilet hidden between bushes. Good boy, Milo.


  8. Andrew Says:

    So Schipol has chemical weapons? Does the mad president know? Be very careful. He may regard happiness as a direct threat to the security of his country. I was out shooting with a Dane this morning. A very cheerful chap. I can understand why they came out on top. I don’t think the Welsh are going to be close somehow. Only rugby makes us happy.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, but they do have fancy public toilets where doors, taps and flushing are all automatic.
      I suppose you meant shooting with a camera?
      I am more of a soccer fan than rugby. I never got used to an oblong ball bouncing all over the place. So what? We all have problems.


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