The King Parrot is happy too.

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Jeffrey Sachs spelled it out on one of our Q&A TV programmes a couple of weeks ago. Good social conditions and support makes all the difference. Paying liveable incomes to the unemployed, pensioners or the disabled does not cause cultural collapse as is often touted by extreme capitalist leaders. The list of ‘happy countries’ proves that. Our PM and cohorts often cite that giving ‘free’ money makes people avoid work and lazy, encourages decadence as seen by SSM community now demanding wedding cakes. Unbelievable!

Countries that seem to be on top of the happiness scale each year, by and large, are also enjoying social democratic Governments. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Iceland  Finland. They prove that good social conditions improve employment, reduces crime and homelessness. It makes for ‘happiness.’

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“Based on a global ranking of happiness levels across 156 countries, Finland has claimed the No. 1 spot in this year’s World Happiness Report.

Now in its sixth year, the World Happiness Report is produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The organization, along with three economists from Columbia University, the University of British Columbia and the London School of Economics’ Center for Economic Performance, created the report using data from the Gallup World Poll to reveal which countries are happy and why.

The report was released on March 14, less than a week before the United Nations celebrates World Happiness Day on March 20.

This year, the United States ranked No. 18 — falling four spots from last year and five from two years ago — “in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse and untreated depression,” according to World Happiness Report co-editor and Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs.

Over the past two years, the world’s top 10 happiest countries have remained the same, but have slightly shuffled positions. Through a measurement of happiness and well-being called the “Cantril ladder,” Gallup asked nationally representative populations to value their lives on a scale from 0 to 10, with the worst possible life valued at 0 and the best valued at 10.

The top countries frequently have high values for all six of the key variables that contribute to overall well-being: income (GDP per capita), healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust (absence of corruption) and generosity.”

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7 Responses to “The King Parrot is happy too.”

  1. stuartbramhall Says:

    Plus capitalist markets collapse when consumers don’t have enough pocket money to buy retailers products. This is why the US is currently facing so many retail bankruptcies. It’s not all down to Amazon.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Stuart. The retail market seems to be suffering badly. Many shops are empty or tenants shuffle around to a different spot hoping to make a living.
      I often think that shopping for consumer goods is overrated. How many handbags, gaming consoles or overcoats does one need?


  2. auntyuta Says:

    Apart from the policies in Australia that we cannot feel happy about there are quite a few things that we do feel happy about. After all, Australia is on place ten, isn’t it?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Uta. Give credit where it is due. Australia is number ten and was number 9 last year. We have reached a good rating. Let’s work towards maintaining that ranking.
      I was wondering why I felt a surge of optimism lately. Are the winds of change in the air? Tomorrow night we will get an inkling of this possible change when the Wentworth election will be known. We have stacked up on crackers, Shiraz and smoked salmon.
      It’s going to be a bonzer evening!

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Good blog and interesting information, Gerard!

    I know some people (who have very little in the way of $ and possessions) who in the most unhappy corners of the world (parts of Africa, Ukraine, etc.) who are joyful. To me they are a lesson in attitude, frame of mind, etc. 🙂

    OH! King Parrot is very handsome! He does look happy! 😀
    HUGS!!! for you and Helvi!!! 🙂
    PATS for Milo!!! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Carolyn. The parrot is happy. He is secure in knowing where his food comes from. We feed a large family of birds. Some say, it is not always a good thing to feed birds as it makes for lazy habits and loss of foraging for food.

      But we also have cats about, stalking birds. On our walks one sometimes find feathers scattered about not far from where a cat is sitting on the fence licking himself.

      You are right, happiness is a state of mind, but security of a roof, good health, and food are important ingredients that helps in happiness. Combine that with a caring community and it comes close to a Nirvana.

      Hugs from gerard Helvi and Milo.

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  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Oh well I just lost my comment. The parrot is lovely and congratulations on being in the top ten countries of happiness. I know the USA is probably low in the rating. I, for sure, am not happy with the government and Trump.


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