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Why are THEY so happy???????

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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I think we could learn a bit from the Danes. I was watching Oprah a couple of weeks ago and she had the spotlight on Denmark... and why they are the happiest people on EARTH!

Get this!

1 year of maternity leave PAID! The government will provide support for up to 5 years if you lose your job! Health care is free! People are PAID to go to college!

While the taxes are the highest in the WORLD, they claim to be very happy with that because they get so much in return! And the more you make the more you get taxed... meaning everyone in the country makes about the same annually!

Amazing!

I just had to put that out there. While I'm not a fan of socialism, I am a fan of being civilized... and that is exactly what the Danes describe themselves as... taking care of the people who need taking care of.

 

What are your thoughts?

by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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SouthernShawnee
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

That is awesome. Too bad we don't run that way huh? It sounds like a good way to live.

simplee_me
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

I didn't watch Oprah. However I have read many studies  about and highlighting the level of happiness in Denmark.

I look at it this way. Yes they have the highest taxes in the world.. BUT.. Look at all the things they do not have to worry about.. Think about how much happier a person's daily life in this country could be if they didn't have to worry about many of those things.... 

If one does not have to worry about: their job not having benies, or losing their benies, or working a job you hate just to have the benies, how to pay bills during maternity leave, having an extensive paid for maternity leave, how to pay for daycare, how to pay for medical, how to pay for college....... and so on............    Just take a moment (anyone who would like to) and think about how much less stress, fear and worry you would have in your life if you didn't have to contend or worry about these things.. How much happier would you be??

(you general.......not specific)..........

LuvmySFSGT
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Americans would have no drive and ambition to do anything...many people already lack these qualities because of the programs we have in force.

I may get bashed for this but I never really understood the whole paid maternity leave...you choose to have a child...why should you still get paid for working when you are not?

isra1986
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I saw that episode! Makes me want to move to Dubai soooooo bad!!!!

lyranightshade
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I think they're doing something right! I wish Americans would get on the ball and see what they're missing out on.

sara_3388
by Platinum Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Thats what I was thinking.

Quoting SouthernShawnee:

That is awesome. Too bad we don't run that way huh? It sounds like a good way to live.


nbr1sahm
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:35 PM


Quoting nbr1sahm:

I think we could learn a bit from the Danes. I was watching Oprah a couple of weeks ago and she had the spotlight on Denmark... and why they are the happiest people on EARTH!

Get this!

1 year of maternity leave PAID! The government will provide support for up to 5 years if you lose your job! Health care is free! People are PAID to go to college!

While the taxes are the highest in the WORLD, they claim to be very happy with that because they get so much in return! And the more you make the more you get taxed... meaning everyone in the country makes about the same annually!

Amazing!

I just had to put that out there. While I'm not a fan of socialism, I am a fan of being civilized... and that is exactly what the Danes describe themselves as... taking care of the people who need taking care of.

 

What are your thoughts?


OH!!! And they have a great deal of value in family... therefore they generally, as a rule, leave work between 4 and 5pm so they can sit down with their family for dinner!!!! And they do their very best to do this every evening!

jas_momof2
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I don't know...  I've been to several different countries (dh is AF) and there is NO PLACE like the United States.  You have good, you have bad - but, there's a LOT of good people take for granted...  If you don't like it (not you as in YOU, but a general you) flights leave out of the country every day...

Becca_2003
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:39 PM


Quoting LuvmySFSGT:

Americans would have no drive and ambition to do anything...many people already lack these qualities because of the programs we have in force.

I may get bashed for this but I never really understood the whole paid maternity leave...you choose to have a child...why should you still get paid for working when you are not?


What I don't understand is how SOME moms get paid and get these benefits and ABUSE them.....hence, maybe, say, some of the mom's out there who have kids just so they can get government assistance...............................*rolls eyes*  LAZY!

AquarianPath
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:39 PM

My dad's family is from Denmark...it's why we're so pro universal health care 

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