18 February, 2007

UAE Among the Happiest in the World Map of Happiness

World Map of Happiness
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Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology, analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR, to create a global projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness.

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It is worth mentioning that the UAE is among the happiest nations in the world and the happiest among all the Arab countries:

Rank Nation SWLS Score
22 UAE 247
30 OMAN 243
31 SAUDI ARABIA 243
33 BAHRAIN 240
38 KUWAIT 240
45 QATAR 233
79 TUNISIA 213
91 YEMEN 207
108 LIBYA 190
113 LEBANON 187
114 MOROCCO 187
128 PALESTINE 180
134 ALGERIA 173
141 JORDAN 170
142 SYRIA 170
150 DJIBOUTI 160
151 EGYPT 160
173 SUDAN 120

16 comments:

fellow atheist said...

You mean they are saying that people in Saudi are happier than those in... Kuwait or Qatar? Really, really? Yeah, I'm not so sure I buy this.

Through Grace Peace said...

تبرىء الكلمات في القلوب

ثم همس الرب في قلوبنا...
الكلمات تصل حيث لا يقدر السلاح

سألنا حكيم قريتنا، كيف ينزل الدفء
على النفوس والشيطان
قد ألقى بسمومه المفضلة
خوفاً ويأساً وكراهية
على القلوب البريئة
كما الرماد من محرقة السعادة

كيف تنام عيون الايمان
وسرير الأمل
تفترشه ملاءة القنوط الشاحب
وعيون الحنث الفاسدة
تنتهك حرمة الكلمات المقدسة
وتسعد باغتيال هدايا السماء

وسألنا :كيف يبتسم الخير
ويصفع الكره الفضيلة من وجه الخجل
و أتباعه يشوهون ويحرفون فى نفوس ضحاياهم
حتى يصل الاعتقاد
بأن الإثم فضيلة والقتل عدالة والكره هو الحب

تحدث الحكيم
بصوته الخفيض وقال
أن للشيطان أتباع
يغتسلون في أنهار النبيذ في حادي*
وبعشق السخرية الفارغ
يحصدون نفوساً مغشوشة جنيت بمنجل الانتحار

مستحيل أن يكون الطريق إلى الفردوس مرصوفاً
بجثث الأبرياء - عبر نهرٍ من الدم
اعتنقوا مد الحق وجزره الرائع في قلوبكم
تقبّلوا الشك والعار أينما كانوا
لكي تدركوا أن النفس تسعد بالعطف وليس بالانتقام

سطع صوته كالضوء وقال:
ابحثوا بشجاعة في أعماق قلوبكم
بلا نفاق ولا خداع ولا إجحاف
وحين تلمسوا الايمان هناك
ستنزل الكلمات الالهيه دواءً للقلوب
مثل مطر أبدي يجذبه البحر دائماً
حتى يرتفع ليملأ حرم النفوس
بودٍ عميق هادىء ويغدو سلاماً
على شواطىء العزم الالهي.


[أرض الموتى في الأساطير الاغريقية*

أبريل 2006

bojangles from singapore said...

bull.

khalifa al kowari (doha) said...

so which country IS the happiest? who is number 1?

Anonymous said...

I question the methodology, if only because the happiest countries tend to be the most affluent. Most other surveys of happiness show that many Latin American and African nations are "happier" than the West. There are a few South American countries that score well in this one, but Brazil? Not happy? Give me a break. And if I remember correctly, Nigerians (!) have often been rated the happiest in the world. Why, I don't know, given the state of Nigeria. Maybe it's because so many Nigerians live elsewhere.

The Cynic said...

Did he survey only nationals? Rentiers tend to be happy, that's the effect of a life of laborless leisure.

I'd imagine the numbers might drop a bit if the survey-takers went to the labor camps.

leyla/laila/layla/leila (all r korrect,u know) from turkey& azerbajian said...

pardon the interupption, chillun,but what has (through grace peace)'s comments got to do with it?

Lirun said...

i had a look at the links and noted the low level of happiness in russia notwithstanding its exponential growth in national wealth over the past few years..

interesting spin on "you cant buy happiness"

number 1 is denmark.. since the beautiful and hip mary of australia married into the royal family the country seems to be floating on air..

Anonymous said...

ORLY

Rejected said...

Iraq was not even worth mentioning. Ironically true.

Karamaboy said...

HA HA!

Traffic Jams makes me HAPPY.
Sky High rent makes me HAPPY.
No Voip makes me HAPPY.

I am so happy that I forget where I am.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy, whenever I start my pc it takes me directly to www.flickr.com

How cool is that ?

abu kal said...

I'm so happy, i dunno why i came here! oh yes, because i had no say in it!!! happiness is a state to find!

BuJ said...

this is total gobbleknock!!! so Saudi is happier than India?

This researcher needs a new brain.

Lirun said...

you guys are hilarious

Tim Newman said...

i had a look at the links and noted the low level of happiness in russia notwithstanding its exponential growth in national wealth over the past few years..

I think Russia's growth in national wealth has gone more towards making Chelsea football fans happy than your everyday Russian. The ordinary Russian is probably better off now than ever before, but there is still a long, long way to go. For the vast majority, they simply don't see any improvements as the country gets richer.

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