What Country is Happiest?

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It’s not America………

Norway tops list, USA falls

Not happy here in the USA anymore? I can relate! But if you’re not happy, where can you go to join the happiest people on the earth? Well, to visit this place, a nice winter coat is essential.

A new report released says that Norway is the happiest country on Earth, people in the USA are getting sadder, and having more money does not make anything better.

Norway takes top notch in the World Happiness Report. In spite of the plummeting price of oil, a key part of its economy.

Wages in the United States have gone up over the past decade albeit not for everyone, but people’s happiness is in decline

The United States ranked 14th in the latest ranking, down from No. 13 last year, and over the years American people have been steadily rating themselves less happy.

Studying happiness may seem to be not very serious research, but serious investigators have long been calling for more testing on people’s emotional well-being, especially in the USA.

In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences delivered a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people’s lives; not that the feds really care whether or not you’re happy, but the request was made.

Norway!

Norway moved from No. 4 to the top in the report’s rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are analyzed over three years from 2014 to 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top 5.

“Good for them. I don’t think Denmark has a monopoly on happiness,” said Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, who wasn’t part of the global scientific study that came out with the rankings.

“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Wiking said. Something lacking in other countries (i.e. USA)

Still, you have to have some money to be happy, which is why most of the bottom countries are in desperate poverty. But at a certain point extra money doesn’t buy extra happiness, Helliwell and others said. The USA edges more and more in line with that of third world countries on many levels.

Central African Republic fell to last on the happiness list, and is joined at the bottom by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda.

The report ranks 155 countries. The economists have been ranking countries since 2012, but the data used, goes back farther so the economists can judge trends.

Rankings:

Rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. In those surveys, people give scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is and how generous they are.

Most countries were either getting happier or at least treading water, The “United” States’ happiness score dropped 5 percent over the past decade (2007-2012 being the largest drop period). Venezuela and the Central African Republic slipped the most over the past decade. Nicaragua and Latvia increased the most.

Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University said in a phone interview from Oslo that the sense of community, so strong in Norway, is deteriorating in America.

“We’re becoming more and more mean spirited. And the government is becoming more and more corrupt. And inequality is rising,” Sachs said, citing research and analysis he conducted on America’s declining happiness for the report. “It’s a long-term trend and conditions are getting worse.”

“There is deep misery in the heartland,” Graham, author of the book “The Pursuit of Happiness,”

Happiness — and doing what you love — is more important, said study author Helliwell. He rated his personal happiness a 9 on a 1-to- 10 scale.

How does your own personal happiness score? What would you, on a scale of 1 to 10 be?

*Thanks to anonymous

Psalms 146:5Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: …”

Proverbs 3:13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”

The Wild Wild West

In the old days, it didn’t matter if one was homesteading a farm, building a town or starting a cattle ranch, survival in the “Wild West” was the name of the game. Ultimately, everyone in that first generation of settlers had to know how to survive and use those survival skills daily.

Those who came along behind had it easier, but that first generation had to depend on their survival skills — or they would not last.

Communities grew out of the need to survive. Mankind realized early on that gathering together gave them the ability to help each other survive. While there were those in the Old West who were loners, many wanted the company of others around, as well as the security of being able to depend on them if there was ever a problem.

By working together in a community, the westerners leaned that they could make their survival tasks easier. One could concentrate on specific needs, in the knowledge that others would be taking care of different needs. They would share with each other, either through bartering, sharing or outright selling.

The lesson is: Community can save you.

Living in hardship, the people of the West were quick to help each other out. When a family was in need, others would gather together to assist. It didn’t matter if it was the loss of a family member or the need to raise a barn; the community was there to help.

This extended to all walks of life. A man drifting through could always count on a meal and a bed, even if the bed was nothing more than the hayloft. Travelers would often pay for this kindness by doing some chores around the homestead, but that was not necessarily expected of them. Those who did were doing so voluntarily.

The lesson here is simple: Help each other out!

In this, the Old West was somewhat different from the modern prepping movement. We tend to think of just taking care of our families, and no more. There is good reason for that, as there is no way that a family can stockpile enough to take care of their whole neighborhood.

But at the same time, a day may come where we need to extend a hand to those who haven’t prepared. In doing so, we will be following in the footsteps of those who settled the land before us.
Always Safe, Always Prepared

Frank M.

*Thanks to Frank; when things get tough, we can combine our forces for a just and common good…each other!

 
Phil 2:4 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Remember – An Alternative View of Memorial Day

Remember…the following video should give you a slightly different perspective on Memorial Day and the wars of bloodshed on all continents. It’s a only a little over 6 minutes long so share it with someone so they too will remember……………………..-Moraldiplomat

PS..Thanks to TheVoxRox at the utube for posting it.

Leadership

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills, and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. I call leadership the great challenge of life. What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here are some specifics:

Learn to be strong but not rude

It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness for strength. It’s not even a good substitute.

Learn to be kind but not weak

We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be kind enough to tell somebody the truth. We must be kind enough and considerate enough to lay it on the line. We must be kind enough to tell it like it is and not deal in delusion.

Learn to be bold but not a bully

It takes boldness to win the day. To build your influence, you’ve got to walk in front of your group. You’ve got to be willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, and discover the first sign of trouble.

You’ve got to learn to be humble, but not timid

You can’t get to the high life by being timid. Some people mistake timidity for humility. Humility is almost a God-like word. A sense of awe. A sense of wonder. An awareness of the human soul and spirit. An understanding that there is something unique about the human drama versus the rest of life. Humility is a grasp of the distance between us and the stars, yet having the feeling that we’re part of the stars. So humility is a virtue; but timidity is a disease. Timidity is an affliction. It can be cured, but it is a problem.

Be proud but not arrogant

It takes pride to win the day. It takes pride to build your ambition. It takes pride in community. It takes pride in cause, in accomplishment. But the key to becoming a good leader is being proud without being arrogant. In fact I believe the worst kind of arrogance is arrogance from ignorance. It’s when you don’t know that you don’t know. Now that kind of arrogance is intolerable. If someone is smart and arrogant, we can tolerate that. But if someone is ignorant and arrogant, that’s just too much to take.

Develop humor without folly

That’s important for a leader. In leadership, we learn that it’s okay to be witty, but not silly. It’s okay to be fun, but not foolish.

Lastly, deal in realities. Deal in truth. Save yourself the agony. Just accept life like it is. Life is unique. Some people call it tragic, but I’d like to think it’s unique. The whole drama of life is unique. It’s fascinating. And I’ve found that the skills that work well for one leader may not work at all for another. But the fundamental skills of leadership can be adapted to work well for just about everyone: at work, in the community, and at home.

 
Mt 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. ”

Is 9:16 “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”

Is 55:4 “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.”

1 Chron 13:1 “And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.”

Judg 6:12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.”

Num 14:9 “Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.”

Hebrews 13:7 “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

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We might have lost the battle, but the secret is, we won the war 😉

 

Get Started

Chris’s parents were proud of him when he graduated from college. But it’s been six months and he hasn’t gotten a job yet. In fact, he hasn’t looked seriously. He has no idea what he wants to do and he’s thinking of grad school.

He’s living at home with his parents and things are getting tense, especially with his father, who accuses Chris of being lazy and afraid to enter the real world.

Chris thinks his dad is being totally unreasonable. After all, he’s only young once and he needs some ‘space.’ During a recent argument, Chris said, ‘I’m not you, Dad. I have my own way of doing things. I want a job I enjoy.’

His dad replied, ‘That’s a nice idea, but in the end they call it ‘work’ because it’s about making a productive living – not having fun.’

There are many youngsters like Chris who are having trouble getting started with a serious job and becoming self-reliant. Some, like Peter Pan, just don’t want to grow up. Some are afraid of making a wrong decision or of being rejected. Others are victims of what psychologists call ‘magical thinking.’ They believe that when the time is right, everything will fall into place. So they wait for opportunity to come knocking or until they feel inspired or excited about their next step.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. What’s crucial is to begin. Things happen and opportunities appear most often when we’re moving, not standing still.

Momentum is vital. Basic physics says it’s easier to alter the course of a moving object than to start movement initially. In the end, it’s not really about finding yourself. It’s about making yourself.

The first steps are the hardest, but the key to success in anything is getting started.

Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, ….”

Hobo Life

‘For as long as man has organized into society, there have been those on the fringe. These were people who, for one reason or another, just didn’t fit into polite society.

Such were the hobos of our nation’s past. We tend to think of hobos as bums who stole rides on trains and lived in shanty towns. But in some cases, they were traveling workers who would go where there was work and move on when the job was done.

These were tough men, accustomed to backbreaking work and long hours. They survived and endured, becoming a forgotten part of our country’s history. Yet the work that they did has often survived and become part of making our country what it is today.

Looking back at the lives of these men we can see their lifestyle was built around the need to survive. Basically, everything they did was based on that one need.

There are quite a few lessons we can learn from the hobos of days gone by.

Lesson one, you gotta be tough. Physical toughness is essential for surviving in adverse circumstances. A lot of us in the survival movement aren’t as physically fit as we need to be (myself included). But toughness goes beyond just being physically fit.

A boxer learns to take blows, just as he learns how to give them. Strength and agility allow him to give them, but toughness allows him to take them. If you’re not tough, you’re not going to be able to take the blows that life gives you; you’ll fold and just wait to die.

There are two types of toughness: physical and mental. Of the two, mental toughness can be harder to develop than physical.

If your mind can’t take the blows and bounce back, you are at a disadvantage. Your mind must be able to accept the changing reality of a crisis or a disaster, quickly overcome the grief, and move into survival mode.

This is all about training. The better trained you are, the better you can adapt. Training also gives you confidence, so that you know you’re able to survive.

Hobo lesson two, learn a variety of skills, and be willing to do the work. Hobos did whatever the job called for. While they may not have been experts in any one trade, they were still capable of working in many of them. One month they might be busting broncos and the next swinging a double jack in a mine.

Today’s society has become so specialized, in some cases one engineer can only work on one part of a project. He’s lost when he looks at the rest. But in Henry Ford’s day, the guy who designed the engine could also design the body.

In a survival situation, you need to have a wide variety of skills. If your home is damaged by a hurricane and you need to make it safe to sleep in, you don’t have to be a master carpenter. But you will probably need to be able to cut boards and nail them together. You’re probably also going to need to know a little plumbing and electrical work.

Hobo lesson three, develop a minimalist lifestyle. When you’re on the go, you can’t take a lot of extra baggage with you. You’ve got to cut things down to what you really need. Our modern lifestyle is so cluttered with stuff that we’d need a backpack the size of a semi-trailer to bug out.

Learn what you need and then cut down to that point. If you’ve got stuff in your house that you never use, then why do you have it? Really, if you haven’t used it in a year or two, you probably won’t. So, pass it on to someone who can use it and make room in your life for what you need.
Remember, we’re all in this together’

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek, Good info; something people might not know they need until the SHTF!

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Jas 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”


 

Trust

Deciding you can trust someone isn’t always easy. On one hand, trusting the wrong people can get you killed. On the other hand, if you can’t trust anyone, you’re going to have a hell of a time surviving; like it or not, there will come a time when you’ll need help from your fellow humans. If we’re going to make it, we’re going to have to work together and trust each other.

If you have ever had your world flipped upside down and you don’t know who to trust, here are a few methods you can use in the future to determine if someone is worth your trust.

Trustworthy people are reliable with the little things. Ever been betrayed by someone only to realize how many smaller signs of shadiness you’d already let slide? Turns out, all those white lies—like how much they really spent in Vegas, or why they were always slamming their laptop shut when you came in the room—may very well be signs of bigger trouble down the road. When it comes to trusting others, if someone regularly displays small acts of honesty, he’s likely to be trustworthy with big picture issues as well (and vice versa).

A trustworthy person displays self-control. If someone can’t trust him or herself, it’s going to be nearly impossible for you to trust him. Researchers tested this theory and found that people who display high levels of self-control are perceived as more trustworthy by others – and rightfully so. If someone can’t manage their impulses in a tempting situation, it’s going to be difficult to place your trust in them. Everyone encounters temptation at some point in their lives – and how he or she reacts in those moments is the true test of character.

A trustworthy person is comfortable with compromises. Trust gets built through a series of tiny moments where our spouse or friend temporarily compromises their happiness for ours.

These instances can be as small as asking to hear about our day when they’re tired at the end of their own, or agreeing to eat something for dinner that we like but they aren’t particularly crazy about. When both people regularly engage in these behaviors, trust begins to build – if we can trust them to put the health of the relationship first on a small scale, we can trust them to do the same on a bigger scale, too.

Actions speak for themselves. When someone is constantly making excuses for their behavior or justifying their actions in retrospect, they are raising a huge red flag. Trustworthy people don’t leave room for explanations or doubts – their actions simply speak for themselves. They do what they say they’ll do, and they explain any misunderstandings or inconsistencies as they arise – not after they’ve been caught red-handed in a lie.

Trustworthy people also trust others. A recent study that examined the behaviors of video game players found that those who were comfortable relying on and cooperating with other players were less likely to betray their friends in the game. Trustworthy people understand that trust is a two-way street – they give it out and they expect it back in turn. The more suspicious someone is of others’ intentions, the more likely it is that they’re the one who can’t be trusted! (This is not always the case however, the rule but there are exceptions)

Finally, do you trust them? Perhaps the most paradoxical component of building trust is that someone’s trustworthiness is partially reliant on your trust in him or her. It’s been suggested that someone is more likely to behave in a trustworthy manner if they feel as though they are trusted.

Trust is, in many ways, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The best way to discover if you can trust someone is to trust him or her. It will not only make you come off as a more trustworthy person, but it may make them into one.
Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!!! Good info