>Work in an English school in flag country
>See Brits and 'Muricans all the time
>Also get to meet a lot of hitch-hikers who have been almost everywhere: East Asia, 15+ countries in Europe, a handful of SA countries etc.
>Talk to them and ask their opinions about different countries
>They all agree that us monkeys are the happiest people they've met in the world
>They all agree anglos are depressed as fuck.
>Why so deppressed?
Maybe the fact that they a little different hierarchy of needs.
the more you know the more miserable you get. why do you think third world countries always score highest on these happiness indexes? it's because they're uneducated and don't know any better.
this too, people who "travel" a lot are usually bores who hate their life when they're not traveling.
Yeah! You guys only have first world problems and still are sad as shit! One of the Brits I've met said his family reunion was a total failure because the pizza arrived cold!
Another woman, Huezilian, who'd lived in America for four years said there was absolutely nothing good to do in São Paulo but shopping. The happiest Anglo I've ever seen was one who had been living here for 6 years and had already assimilated the Huezilian lifestyle.
I don't even into these two (though maybe I enjoy this year's carnaval).
My brother was a nobody here but goes travelling and makes Facebook friends with brief acquaintances so he thinks he's hot shit. When he comes back he always says he hates this city because it's boring but that's because he has nothing here
I visited Costa Rica on a conservation service trip when I was 16. Everyone I met there was friendly and happy as fuck. I think it was because they lived simply and did things in a very pragmatic, concrete way. The locals ate only things they grew out of the ground, and we're able to be outside and enjoy nature all the time due to the lack of pollution. They were hard working people, earning enough money through the tourism industry there to afford a first world tier lifestyle, but at the end of the day they'd come home and spend time with their friends and family, rather than just being on cellphones or watching television all day. It seems to me that people who live closer to nature and invest in the people around them are able to live happier lives.