Don’t worry, be happy

GALLUP HAS released its annual Global Emotions Report of where in the world people seem to be happiest and where they appear to be miserable.

Poor, old, violence-ridden, corruption-filled Mexico is in the top five happy places. Who woulda thunk it? Well, you likely would if you lived here.

Mexico is No. 4 after Paraguay, Panama and Guatemala. El Salvador is No. 5. Yes, the top five happy nations are all in Latin America.

Greece has the most-stressed population with 59 percent of the people reporting stressful lives. That number was about 55 percent for Americans.

I’m Mexican, and I feel real good today.

32 thoughts on “Don’t worry, be happy

  1. Well, there you go. You already knew that. And, some of the rest of us did too.

    Please give me your synopsis of why this is true. Congratulations on picking an excellent location to be happy.

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    1. Ricardo: Why are Latinos happy? God knows. The Gallup Report attributed it to Latino cultures just being more positive about life in general. I’ll buy that. I was rather surprised to see El Salvador in the top five, given its history.

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      1. I am not Mexican but I am a lot happier since I moved from the great white north (where it is snowing this weekend) to Mexico.

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  2. Even with the disastrous and sometimes murderous U.S. foreign policy in Central and South America, people are still happy. That is truly proof of the resilient human spirit. Maybe the reason Mexico is happy is because the great Orange leader keeps promising them a wall to keep the U.S. citizens out.

    The EU has destroyed Europe and more specifically the poorer nations of Europe, I imagine Italy is pretty low on the list also.

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    1. Karlos: The U.S. hasn’t meddled noticeably in Latin America in a long while. Maybe that’s why it’s happy down this way.

      Yes, the EU is destroying Europe, primarily by opening the door wide to Mohammedans, but a backlash is building, and that makes me happy.

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  3. Interesting. If these countries you mentioned are so happy I wonder why so many of their citizens are trying to sneak into the USA? Maybe the El Salvadorans are so happy because half their population left!

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  4. I couldn’t find the happiness rankings you mentioned. Google did return a link where I found the following from an organization that bills itself as the World Happiness Report which appears to use Gallup as its source:

    https://worldhappiness.report/news/finland-again-is-the-happiest-country-in-the-world/

    “NEW YORK, March 20 – As in 2018, Finland again takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world according to three years of surveys taken by Gallup from 2016-2018. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are countries that have consistently ranked among the happiest. They are in order: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. The US ranked 19th dropping one spot from last year.”

    Apparently the socialist policies of the happiest countries are doing quite well. Maybe you could post a link to the site where your info came from.

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    1. Gerard: I found the story on the BBC website. Here’s a link.

      https://tinyurl.com/y4fr5lbu

      Truth be told, the story is a little confusing. But there is a link there, the second paragraph, where you can download the full report. I did not do that, but feel free. Keep in mind that my post is just a bit of lighthearted fun more than anything so let’s not get into an interminable back-and-forth on the issue. Not worth it. I do think people are happier in general in Mexico than in the United States.

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      1. Undoubtedly people here are far happier. Nothing I could imagine would get me to live up there. To borrow from His Orangeness, it’s a real sh@thole.

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  5. Felipe: I read the questions they asked, and from the way Mexicans agree with everything rather than having to explain why they disagree, it is obvious.

    Some of them were: Did you have happy thoughts yesterday? Did you sleep well last night? Did you learn anything new yesterday?

    I’m happier than a pig in a warehouse full of apples. Just made fresh ravioli for supper.

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    1. Kris: Mexicans do have the sometimes annoying tendency to say yes to about everything. Maybe that influenced the poll results. But I do see more smiles here in general than I recall ever seeing above the border.

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  6. Well, after having read through the comments, I have to say that I was especially skeptical about Guatemala’s, and El Salvador’s place on that list too. I think they qualify for that unmentionable word that Trump supposedly uttered in connection with Haiti, which isn’t a particularly happy place either. And as much as I’m loathe to say so, it seems that the countries listed by Gerard have been tops on those happiness lists for some time now.

    Mexico, which isn’t a sh**hole country, has its own reasons. IMHO it’s due to people being more focused on friends and family than work and career, combined with an acceptance of reality. At least that’s my take. And yes, I think Mexicans overall seem happier than Gringos.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where temperatures are rising and happiness is wilting. At least with the weather.

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      1. I like that you say “some” of them are sincere. I would heartily agree. What was that quote about Mexican’s smile being a mask ? I can’t find that quote on your site, but I admit I haven’t tried too hard. Got our tix to Mexico next fall and are psyched! I’m not sure I’m cut out to live there all the time, but it’s a therapeutic break from the pedantic predicableness of our boring dysfunctional country … not that Mexico is Shangri-La. Obviously, it isn’t. No place is.

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        1. Next fall? How impulsive of you! You’ll fit right in when you arrive.

          Have a good time!

          Saludos,

          Kim G
          Redding, CA
          Where we’ve been known to utter to occasional, well-meaning, but snide remark.

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  7. “I think it’s not a coincidence,” says Ricardo Ainslie, a Mexican-born psychologist and a director at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. “Latin Americans tend to be so family-focused that I think that provides a sense of ‘Whatever happens, I’ve always got this. (Family) is always my bedrock.’ ”

    I live with the Mexicans, and I can be all stressed out about whatever, and they are whistling away, walking back to their hovel and family. I’m watching and wondering, “What’s wrong with you!?” but I should be asking myself that question.

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    1. Ray: Honduras, where you visited, is far worse, from what I know, than the rest of Central America with the exception of Nicaragua right now. El Salvador’s violent times are in the past. Guatemala has problems but, Lord knows, so does Mexico, but we smile here most of the time. It’s difficult to make comparisons with the United States. All of which is to say, I may buy it even if you don’t.

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  8. I doubt the truthfulness of the article. In fact, I doubt most of what is in the news nowadays. It all comes down to how the questions are phrased and how the data is used. A hundred percent of people drowned have been found to be in association with water. Water is dangerous; it should be banned. The media make up statistics out of thin air. I will bet two cow farts that the world will still be here in good condition, and that Ocasio-Cortez will still be sounding off in twelve years.

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    1. Señor Gill: Yes, the piece could be questionable, I admit, but we’re having fun with it. I do think it’s probable that there are more generally happy people these days in Mexico than you have up there. As for Occasional-Cortex still sounding off in 12 years, I sure hope not. Let’s hope she’s a one-term ding-a-ling. I think it’s likely.

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  9. I am afraid you are wrong about her. These nuts last forever. They just won’t go away. Think of Maxine Waters. The nuttier they are, the longer they get elected. A lot of being happy is the ability to ignore a bad situation.

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  10. Felipe: The other day you were writing about people thinking that they deserved everything without making an effort. The reason they are not happy is just that. Happiness is the result of what you do and think. If you go through life thinking you are owed enjoyment you will never get it.

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