31 August 2018

_"Je wordt vanzelf depressief als je naar het aanbod van de hollandse nationale TV kijkt.

Een volkomen ongelukkig land waar iedereen om het hardst moord en brand schreeuwt over wat er allemaal mis is in de vaderlandse rivierendelta.

Zet iedereen om een tafel met een tafelheer of -dame en de onderbuik regeert binnen 10 seconden. Om maar te zwijgen over staatspropagandist NPO die dapper mee doet met de zucht naar sensatie en emotionele kletspraat. Notabene van je eigen belastingcenten."_

Ik hoor althans dit soort roddel wel eens in de senioren hangplek op het dorp. Want ja. Over het weer ben je snel uitgepraat en wie de bingo heeft gewonnen deze week, dat weten we allang.

Een groepje notoire mopperkonten komt op vaste tijden naar een van de hangplekken. In en uit principe altijd tussen 18 en 21 uur. Dan is er 'nieuws' op TV en daar hebben we geen zin meer in. We maken ons eigen nieuws wel. Ter plekke. Zin en onzin door elkaar. Zeker op een lange zomeravond als iemand een fles vierkante Bokma onder de arm heeft meegenomen. Om een of andere duistere reden heeft bakker Alwin altijd glaasjes in het mandje van zijn rollator. Zus Martien krijgt er een rietje bij. Door beginnende Parkinson morst ze anders op haar jurk en dat vindt ze zonde. Zeker als je van een AOW-tje moet leven. Wij vinden het wel mooi zo.

The facts of the World's Happiness

Some quotes from The World Happiness Report 2018 which can be downloaded for further review.

"five major variables other than per capita income that help to account for cross-country happiness: population health (measured by health-adjusted life expectancy, HALE); the strength of social support networks; personal freedom (measured by the perceived freedom of individuals to make key life decisions); social trust (measured by the public’s perception of corruption in government and business); and generosity."

"All the top countries tend to have high values for all six of the key variables that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity, to such a degree that year to year changes in the top ranking are to be expected."

"All the top five countries last year were within the same statistical confidence band, as they are again this year. Norway is now in 2nd place, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland in 3rd, 4th and 5th places. The Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand are 6th, 7th and 8th, just as they were last year"

"Perhaps the most striking finding of the whole report is that a ranking of countries according to the happiness of their immigrant populations is almost exactly the same as for the rest of the population."

"The ten happiest countries in the overall rankings also fill ten of the top eleven spots in the ranking of immigrant happiness. Finland is at the top of both rankings in this report, with the happiest immigrants, and the happiest population in general"

" Three emerging health problems that threaten happiness: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression."

Immigration and Happiness

"How international are the world’s happiest countries?
Looking at the 10 happiest countries, they have foreign-born population shares averaging 17.2%, about twice that for the world as a whole. For the top five countries, four of which have held the first-place position within the past five years, the average 2015 share of the foreign-born in the resident population is 14.3%, well above the world average. For the countries in 6th to 10th positions in the 2015-2017 rankings of life evaluations, the average foreign-born share is 20%, the highest being Australia at 28%"

"The most striking feature is how closely life evaluations for the foreign-born match those for respondents born in the country where the migrants are now living."

"Immigrant happiness, like that of the locally born, depends on a range of features of the social fabric, extending far beyond the higher incomes traditionally thought to inspire and reward migration. The countries with the happiest immigrants are not the richest countries, but instead the countries with a more balanced set of social and institutional supports for better lives"

"A very high proportion of the international differences in immigrant happiness, and of the happiness gains for individual migrants are explained by local happiness and source country happiness"

"A higher value for migrant acceptance is linked to greater happiness for both immigrants and the native-born, by almost equal amounts."