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KSA Ranked Third "Happiest" Country in the World

 
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hash



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:43 pm    Post subject: KSA Ranked Third "Happiest" Country in the World Reply with quote

Well, Oman is nice (so I hear....never been there), but:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/863421
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet more evidence of the decline in the quality of gallup... now pretty much useless results. LOL

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what "happiness" means in each country and culture.
What is "happiness" in the Magic Kingdom may be is "misery" in the United Kingdom?

"The findings suggest that either people have different perceptions of what "happiness" means, or that material wealth, ideological freedom and civil stability do not necessarily translate into personal contentedness."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/saudi-arabia-is-third-happiest-country-in-survey-which-shows-downbeat-europe-a6802516.html
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happiness is a choice.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:15 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

I'm sure no women were polled.
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DosEquisX



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More like 35th

http://worldhappiness.report/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/04/WHR15_Sep15.pdf
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madrileno



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: erm Reply with quote

dragonpiwo wrote:
I'm sure no women were polled.


With absurd results like this, they probably only polled Saudi princes.
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myohmy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the poll results. Ignorance is bliss.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possible the results are skewed for the KSA. It's in no way a normal country. I wonder if you could adjust for a culture that is socially lobotomized.
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sheikh radlinrol



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This poll doesn´t surprise me at all. I thought the young men I taught there always seemed very content. Their aspirations in life were easily attainable and there was a nice atmosphere of solidarity among them.
My boss told me that while KSA was backward in many ways they were light years in front of us in social skills.
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myohmy



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL. That's the most humorous thing I've ever heard about the Saudis. Social skills, my butt. Ignorance is bliss is more like it.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the choice of teaching male Saudis aged 18-25 and Brits of the same age, I know what I would choose !
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is very hard to poll residents of the Middle East. This was part of my research classes at AUC related to having survey questions with our thesis. There is a social tendency to "please the questioner" so you tell him what you think he wants to hear. They don't tend to think in terms of what their real answer is.

Anyone who has ever asked directions in this part of the world knows what it is like. Everyone will say they know the way and send you off... even though most won't have a clue where you want to go. I remember trying to find this famous cafe in Alexandria Egypt. It took almost 2 hours... and when we started we were within a half block. And this was with an Egyptian asking other Egyptians. Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Whatever! Reply with quote

Whatever!
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