What Makes A Country Happy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine – commentary

What Makes A Country Happy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The images from Syria are horrible.

Why would a ruler want to use chemical weapons against his own people? There are many tragic scenes that tug at the heart but one man holding his dead twin daughters will forever be seared in the memory.

While the world waited for Trump’s response the usual blame game and denials surfaced. The fact is that Syria is one of the unhappiest places on earth. But it is not alone.

It is followed by Afghanistan, Burundi and Togo in the latest World happiness Report. 

The constitutions of a number of countries state specifically that the happiness of its citizens is a desired objective. In the United States constitution ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ is clearly enunciated as a strategy of good governance.

Since 2002 West Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea and Dubai have become outspoken about the need for happiness to be a plank of effective social and economic policy.

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  • Albert  On May 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I agree completely that the Scandinavian countries are among the happiest places on earth. One retired American I met in Norway said as an outsider you need tons of money to live there, but Govt. take care of all the essentials (health, education, etc.) of its citizens. Even though the place is very cold and items could be high price the quality of life seem much higher.

    I still prefer America however, where you could buy anything under this sun within a few blocks…….and you could find places with the best quality of life, including good weather and entertainment, if you could afford it.

    • Mango chutney  On May 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Guyanese people in USA And Canada only socialise with fellow Guyanese people and no one else.

      Luckily I do not reside in any of these boring countries full of moronic Guyanese people who don’t know any better but wanting to.know your business, where your family come from and if you are with a black man.

  • Gigi  On May 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    America’s happiness index got Trump elected. These exceptional folks fell for the used car salesman and were shocked when they got sold a lemon. How dare this happen to us! We are the only nation to be bless by god! We proclaim it everyday to the world so that they will take heed. Of, the shame of it all. Now they are counting on the same folks who gave them the used car salesman to deliver them into the hands of Pence. And Comley is now their hero? Yes, if Pence and Comley will bring them happiness then it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. Ain’t their god great? Their god ain’t my god but I sure do like how he metes out punishment. With this bunch, a female god won’t be any different. Their offspring are genuinely made into their image – in body, mind and spirit/soul.

    So what is this elusive thing called happiness anyway? I think I had a happy day yesterday and today except I didn’t do anything worthy of happiness according to American standards of happiness. I guess I had a ordinary so so day then. Oh well, I’ll take those until one of those happy days come along…

  • demerwater  On May 22, 2017 at 6:09 am

    A good indication of how happy I’d be – wherever I lived – is how many hours I’d have to work to pay for a loaf of bread. The less, the better; because I would probably have to spend less on food; therefore more money and time for other activities which contribute to my contentment.

  • Albert  On May 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    “what make us happy”
    That’s a very good question. In the glorious years of Bill Clinton the stock market was giving money in volumes It was a happy occasion. Then everything became so easy that soon the thrill and happy feeling faded. It became the result of being programmed to greed. You may want something badly. But if you succeed in getting it the joy you experience soon fades. It seem happiness is an evasive feature and changes with time.
    Dr Dhanpaul occasionally mentions in his articles that money cannot buy happiness. He may be right but could anyone in America be happy without money to pay for the things they need and want.
    With the cost of a good private college education so high, it would make me very happy if I had enough money to pay for my grandchildren’s college education. But then I may die before they graduate and make an unhappy corpse.

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