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(Daily Finance, April 25, 2012)

And once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia, Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do.

Oh, the joy of statistics. They will prove anything you want. And I wonder out loud: How do you measure happiness? And how do you do a proper sampling of a given country? Did someone run a chi-sqaure test on the numbers? Did someone stop and wonder how the results fit with the fact that Scandinavia has vert high suicide rates? ( Yes, they did. Here’s a sample from the NYT)  And then I feel like a grumpy old man. Israel is up there in the Top 10, so I should be happy. So I’ll go get coffee now…

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