Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The happiest countries on earth - By Forbes

Quantifying happiness isn't an easy task. Researchers at the Gallup World Poll went about it by surveying thousands of respondents in 155 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in order to measure two types of well-being.
First they asked subjects to reflect on their overall satisfaction with their lives, and ranked their answers using a "life evaluation" score from 1 to 10. Then they asked questions about how each subject had felt the previous day. Those answers allowed researchers to score their "daily experiences"--things like whether they felt well-rested, respected, free of pain and intellectually engaged. Subjects that reported high scores were considered "thriving." The percentage of thriving individuals in each country determined our rankings. Click here for the full story and table.

1 Denmark Europe

2 Finland Europe 

3 Norway Europe 

4 Sweden Europe 

4 Netherlands Europe 

6 Costa Rica Americas 

6 New Zealand Asia 

8 Australia Asia 

8 Israel Asia 

8 Canada Americas 

8 Switzerland Europe 

12 Panama Americas 

12 Brazil Americas 

14 Austria Europe 

14 United States Americas 

103 Turkey Asia

Art to pay your medical bills - USA

Freelance artists in the United States can get their medical expenses reimbursed in exchange for pictures. A New York hospital (Woodhull) lis conducting an experiment that's receving a lot of interest from artists, who can barely hold their heads above water financially.
A couple of months ago, US President Barack Obama finally signed a new healthcare law. But freelance artists often can't afford the cost of health insurance.
Photographer Indira Wiegand suffers from asthma. An inhaler costs her 200 dollars, and she can't afford it. Now she takes photos of newborn babies for the hospital, in exhange for which the hospital pays her medical expenses. This some kind of barter agreement. Nothing bad with that.

Day Opening - July 27 - Forgotten Jobs in Turkey (7)

The shoe maker old style.