The 2010 Forbes Happiness Report ranked the United States as the 14th happiest country in the world. Criticism surrounding this is that there is no way to quantify happiness. Their findings indicate richer countries as happier, but many feel that this isn’t necessarily the case.

Thanks to the World Wide Web, we can easily know what’s happening outside our front doors, a few states away or across the oceans. And as much that goes on around us, what makes people happy differs, often depending on culture. The things that give people happiness, satisfaction and meaning in their lives vary considerably between cultures. But there’s something to be learned from all of them.

Happiness comes from..

..Personal success and self-expression (United States)

..Fulfilling the expectations of your family, meeting social responsibilities (Japan)

Happiness means..

..Taking pride in who you are. (Iceland)

..Knowing where you come from. (Switzerland)

..Spreading the wealth to everyone. (Qatar)

..Realizing that all things are connected. (India)

Happiness can be found through..

..Taking care of yourself and others. (Bhutan)

..Getting to know you. (United Kingdom)

..Other people. (Thailand)

The 2010 Forbes Happiness Report ranked the United States as the 14th happiest country in the world. Criticism surrounding this is that there is no way to quantify happiness. Their findings indicate richer countries as happier, but many feel that this isn’t necessarily the case.

Thanks to the World Wide Web, we can easily know what’s happening outside our front doors, a few states away or across the oceans. And as much that goes on around us, what makes people happy differs, often depending on culture. The things that give people happiness, satisfaction and meaning in their lives vary considerably between cultures. But there’s something to be learned from all of them.

Happiness comes from..

..Personal success and self-expression (United States)

..Fulfilling the expectations of your family, meeting social responsibilities (Japan)

Happiness means..

..Taking pride in who you are. (Iceland)

..Knowing where you come from. (Switzerland)

..Spreading the wealth to everyone. (Qatar)

..Realizing that all things are connected. (India)

Happiness can be found through..

..Taking care of yourself and others. (Bhutan)

..Getting to know you. (United Kingdom)

..Other people. (Thailand)