Monday, November 8, 2010

The happiest countries on earth emphasize social solidarity within families, not personal choice

ABC “Good Morning America” had a segment Monday morning on the “happiest places in the world” and these included Denmark, Singapore, and an area of Mexico. What was common to all of these was family connections, and that people spend an average of seven hours a day engaged socially with other people in real life, much of it blood family and parents. Similar findings have been reported about “Blue Zone” areas before.

Singapore was interesting particularly because of the strictness of its public conduct laws and conservative culture.

This doesn’t sound very good for introverts, as I wrote on my “BillBoushka” blog Sunday. It also doesn’t sound very good for “psychological creativity”, the ability to be selective about people in your life. You don’t get to choose or select relatives.

There is something about social structures: they seem so critical for well-being and survival of the group, but then the "strongest" members of the group will bully less assertive members into subservience to the group's goals. 

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