Who are the world's most 'satisfied' citizens?
— By Kirsten Korosec on March 18, 2014, 12:27 PM PST
The economic fortunes of Germany, Brazil, China, Russia, and the PIGS between '07 & '12 have been widely reported. The relative fortunes of Canada & the USA, maybe less so. It would be interesting to see how the global financial crisis affected the other nations in the comparison on a case by case basis. On the other hand, projecting American political debates onto other nations just gets in the way of understanding.
When your up your up and when your down your down and when your only half way up your neither up nor down!!!
Funny thing...these same "happy" countries have quite high taxation too. And their winters are nasty. Yet they appear to be the most satisfied in the world. Too bad we can't import that into the US, but big business couldn't make money from it so it too would be banned.
@matt-the-cat Tell you what...
Why don't you become as "happy" as those countries?
You can volunteer to pay high taxes, comparable to the what those "happy" countries pay. And you can move to Alaska or to Montana or North Dakota or some very up north state, and have some very "nasty" winter. By doing my suggestions, you will have "imported" the happy way of life of those "happy" countries.
If you don't like the cold, just move to Mexico, which is "happier" than the U.S. on those graphs above. Or, you can just move to one of those bitter cold, but "happy" Nordic countries.
If you like paying higher taxes, why not just move to a socialist or communist country, and you'll live "happily ever after".
@matt-the-cat What makes you think that those countries above us are "big business" free? Cartelization is the norm in Europe. America has far more small business than most of those places.