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Chile among South America’s least happy nations; Venezuela top of the list

Wednesday, July 6th 2011 - 06:15 UTC
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Though Chile has one of South America’s strongest economies, a recent study of happiness rates it second-to-last in the region, leading experts to assert that national happiness is not determined by a nation’s wealth or economic development. Read full article


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  • wangito

    He who said that money can't buy happyness, most probably never had any money.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    That clown makeup reminds me of John Wayne Gacy.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 01:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    I thought it was obama. Anyway, Chileans are okay people, but compare to let say Brazilians, they are boring. They don't know how to party, even we Dutch do it better and is another reason not to stay long in Santiago. Even compare them to their “Hispanic” cousins or whatever, Ba As and Lima beats them with fun.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 01:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Are those two clowns in the picture above Sergio V. and ManRod? :-))

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    “I thought it was obama ... ” Please don't make fun of Mr O! Are you ready for 4 more years??

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    :-))) Please keep the “Bushes” in Texas or whatever all those clowns live.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 04:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    Are you ready for 4 more years??

    Yes, I'm ready for 4 more years of Patty Obozo the clown thought I don't mind the other clowns like Romney. None of them are serious about solving the problems. They fit perfectly in Santiago.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    They don't know how to party, even we Dutch do it better

    Bet they could save people from slaughter better than you Dutch

    Srebrenica massacre

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 06:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601

    @6 No so fast Marquitos ..... Governor Perry is running, another cowboy from Texas in the White House?

    @7 Please don't tell me that you like Bachmann ??

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 06:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I think it is a cultural attitude. I love my Chilean friends but they are never happier than when they are having a good moan about something. lol A bit like the the elderly English, they complain about everything and take comfort from it. : )

    It is interesting that when you ask a Chilean how they are, it is nearly always answered 'so-so' like they don't want to admit they may be feeling GREAT! I find it rather sweet.

    It is true that the Argentines like to party, at least the wealthier and young ones do.

    I think it is all about undertsanding the culture and mind-set of a country.

    Jul 06th, 2011 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    First, probably the researcherr of this “study” is an ignorant, because he can't compare the Venezuelan “monos” that are falling down starving and are very happies hearing their big monkey Huguito....with us that are unhappies because we live concerned about our family´s future and working to get a good life it....
    Yes, we are boring people and bad party makers, we are just labourers, family carers and word no much others can say in Latam.
    Now, what is it much important? to be a happy monkey or an unhappy human decide for you ...for me the last one is the best....Ah! I live on extreme southern Chile with a verey cold climate, maybe taht´s why I choose the last alternative....
    4@ Maybe you'r so happy because the “dry hole” found by YPF and the good “fobal” games results.....that no need that kind of disguises for a long time.....LOL

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 04:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero601


    so Venezuela has “monos” now? wow ! really?

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    these “studies” do have different outcomes. I have seen some in the last years, whereas Colombians are the happiest ones, and most unhappy ones are Peruvians, followed by Argentinians, which stand no way behind Chileans regarding moaning about everything. If you are honest, you will admit. There is a real “moaning culture” , specially in Buenos Aires. No other city in LA boasts so much about having the highest density of psychologists.

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 03:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • nitrojuan

    and there aren´t the most unhappy and resentful people in America; the falklanders....Shoul it be that Malvinas isn´t a country as they think? Should it be an English colonial enclave?

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 03:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @ 13. Yeah, I don't get the psychologist culture that is a a regular feature of daily life. I BsAs friend of mine attends a psychologist three times a week and has for the last ten years! She is always compaining about not having enough money so I suggested maybe she could cut back on the psychologist. She was aghast at the idea and couldn't understand how I lived without one. Surely that is what family is for, you can have a bit of a moan and its free!

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 05:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    11 Sergio Vega
    Actually you're right, I am not in favor of oil exploration in beautiful Argentinean waters. How's the Rover's bussiness with the English lately? :-)

    Jul 07th, 2011 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    l know quite a few Chileans & none of them look unhappy.
    @13 ManRod,
    yes you are right, next week someone else will do another survey with a different result.

    Jul 08th, 2011 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    #11 couldn't really be nothing but the work of a vulgar Pinochetist.

    Jul 09th, 2011 - 04:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cabezadepomelo

    Chileans are not to blame for their own unhappiness. Any one would feel alike with neighbours like the Argentineans. Ask people from Uruguay. No matter how hight the Andes are, no matter how broad the Rio de la Plata is. They will come to get you!

    Jul 10th, 2011 - 11:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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