Grind #99 :: Chocolate Cake and Other Keys To Happiness

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the United States rank as the 14th happiest country in the world. The top 5 are Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Netherlands. Seems like I write a lot of good things about the Dutch on Ventipop.

"H" is for Happiness

I laugh all the time when I watch Portlandia, so it was sort of a shock to read Portland, Oregon ranks as the unhappiest city in the country. Probably because of all the rain and clouds. 222 Days a year the sky is gray there. The full top five unhappiest cities are Portland, St. Louis, New Orleans, Detroit and Cleveland.

Top five happiest cities? Boulder (Happy, healthy bastards), Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan (maybe a war between them to settle the tie will bring their happiness down a notch), Honolulu (insert an "I got lei'd" joke here), Provo (if I had a backup wife I'd be happier too) and finally Petaluma, California which I know nothing about other than when you Google it, you find it's in the heart of Sonoma wine country so they're probably all drunk.

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?
— Charles M. Schulz

Anyhoo, as I try and breathe life back into a redesigned Ventipop, our focus today is on happiness. What makes me happy and what happiness means to me. We have some stories to bring some joy and others to reaffirm our faith in fellow man. Stories seeking that elusive happiness and stories invoking it. What do you find more enjoyable, the moment-to-moment joys of life or the long-term sense of accomplishment? 

Or a really good chocolate cake?



  • Matthew Inman, author over at The Oatmeal, sums up perfectly my idea of happiness and why everyone shouldn't freak out when I tell them I'm not "happy" all the time. Click the pic to read his comic "How To Be Perfectly Unhappy". So, so great.


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