Friday, January 12, 2007

Why the Danes are happier than their neighbors

Researchers at Britain's University of Leicester have published something called the World Map of Happiness (download the PDF here). Ranking number one on the survey-based happiness list is the nation of Denmark.

Why are the Danes so happy? Apparently, it's because they have low expectations. When you don't expect much, you're never disappointed. (Kind of a downer philosophy of life, though.)

It reminds me of my brother, the San Francisco 49ers fan: He's never disappointed when his team doesn't make the playoffs, because his expectations of them doing so are so low.

Any nation whose national color is orange has got to be a little different from the rest.

—Mellow Monk

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