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Why “Good” People Do “Bad” Things

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Written By Rajie Kabli
From Collective Evolution

We always say, “If people were just nicer to each other the world would be a very different place.” But when we say nicer are we really just referring to behaving in a way that is honest? We all aspire to be good people, but thinking good thoughts and acting in accordance with them are two separate things. Think about the last time you wanted to call in sick to work and weren’t really ill, or were involved in a home sale and tweaked the negations in your favour. How did you actually come up with the decision? These common ethical dilemmas appear in every facet of our lives, from personal to professional to political. It’s no surprise that unethical behaviour is widespread in our society, as acting dishonestly sometimes “gets you ahead.” There are two factors, according to a brand new study published in the Personality and Social Bulletin, that promote ethical decision making.

 

Remember That Last Time…

A study, done by Behavioural and Marketing Professor Ayelet Fishback from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Behavioural Science and Rutgers Business School Assistant Professor Oliver J. Sheldon, subjected participants to a mock negotiation in one of the social experiments. Business school students were divided into pairs as brokers for the buying and selling of a historic New York property. The seller wanted to preserve the property while the buyer wanted to tear it down and build a hotel. Neither were allowed to disclose their real interests to the other. They asked half the participants to think about a time in the past when they cheated or bent the rules to get ahead before going into negotiations. Doing this resulted in only 45% of those students to behave unethically in the negotiations. Conversely, when students were not reminded of their past ethical behaviour, 67% of them lied to close the deal. (source)

 

Aware Of The Temptation

Pre-emptively exercising self-control is especially useful for things like dieting or relationship issues. Fishback and Sheldon found that when someone is aware of a potential temptation, like those donuts at tomorrow’s team meeting or over-spending on a trip, people are less likely to engage in the behaviour. Participants were less likely to say it was OK to steal office supplies or work slowly to avoid additional tasks when they anticipated an ethical dilemma through a writing exercise considering 6 dilemmas all at once.
 
Falling off the ethical train, whether it be honouring a promise or fulfilling tasks to our best ability, can be seen through an awareness scope. It seems we are more likely to engage in unethical acts if we think the behaviour is an isolated one and don’t really think about it ahead of time. It’s an interesting thought, and suggests a pattern for how we currently justify making certain decisions. Ethical studies like these help us understand why we do the things we do and encourage us to behave in a way that is more self aware. Not sure what to do? Try recalling a similar event in the past or anticipate the temptation in the future.

 

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40 Most Impressive Libraries Around The World

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Article Source: Lifehack

Libraries collect the vast stores of human knowledge and imagination.

1. Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Although this astonishingly beautiful library looks as though it would exist only in a Disney movie rather than real life, the Admont Abbey Library was built in 1776 and remains the largest monistic library in the world. Adamant Abbey holds 700,000 books which are all accompanied by wonderful pastel paintings and wall carvings.

2. Strahov Monastery Library, Czech Republic

Containing over 200,000 books, this library hosts some of the most important titles printed in Central Europe and the decor is incredible. Not only is this library visually appealing, it alsohas  geek appeal as it has two secret passageways which can be opened by faux books.

3. Geisel Library, USA

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Named after Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel – although you may know him better as Dr. Seuss – this library at the University of San Diego honors the late couple who often donated to UCSD.

4. Trinity College Library, Ireland

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Not only is Trinity College Library the largest library in the whole of Ireland, it also houses the Book Of Kells which is believed to have been written as early as 800 AD by celtic monks.

5. Boston Public Library, USA

Established in 1848, Boston Public Library was the first municipal library in the entire U.S.! Containing over 8.9 million books, the library was originally part of a small Massachusetts school house until architect Charles Follen McKim completed the current building – named ‘Palace For The People’ – situated in Copley Square in 1895.

6. Raza Library, India

Once part of a palace, the Raza Library was completed in 1904 but houses a collection the royal family began collecting as far back as 1774. There are now 17,000 rare or completely unique manuscripts and over 200 hand-written letters.

7. George Peabody Library, USA

The first American to be interred in Westminster Abbey, George Peabody is known as somewhat of a success story. Although he was born into a humble life, George worked his way up to become a very wealthy man who funded many museums and libraries in both the UK and USA in the early 1800s. George constructed this library in Baltimore, USA to thank the local people for their “kindness and hospitality’.

8. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, USA

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Encapsulated within a huge glass dome, Mansueto Library is the main studying hall of the University of Chicago. So students can receive any books or documents they require quickly, Mansueto actually has a robotic arm system underground that catalogues and finds certain books.

9. Villanueva Public Library, Columbia

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Villanueva Library was constructed using only locally sourced materials and people. The design, which was created by four college students near to the construction, is focused around natural ventilation so visitors remain cool and comfortable.

10. The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination, USA

This extremely interesting space holds over 20,000 volumes belonging to celebrated inventor Jay Walker. Inspired by the designs of M.C. Escher, Walker’s private library is meant to focus entirely on the never-ending phenomenon of the human imagination.

11. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, USA

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One of the largest libraries in the world, Beinecke Yale Library is exclusively reserved for, as I’m sure you can imagine, rare books and manuscripts. There are currently over 500,000 books in its possession and several million manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible.

12. Karl Lagerfeld’s Private Library, Paris

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One of the largest private libraries in existence, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld owns over 60,000 books which he keeps in his Parisian apartment.

13. Bristol Central Library, England

Completed in 1906, Bristol Central Library combines Tudor Revival and Modern Movement styles to create a fascinating combination of architecture. It was also built on a slope, which is why the front half of the building has three stories while the end half has five.

14. James B. Hunt Jr Library, USA

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Although this was opened extremely recently in 2013, this North Carolina State Library is host to a robotic arm system that can retrieve any of 20,000 volumes for students as well as two 3D printers.

15. Bibliotheque Nationale De France, France

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Despite many parts of The National Library of France having been built back in 1886, the entire structure is still in use.

16. The Library of El Escorial, Spain

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Perhaps the most interesting element of this library is the fact it is situated in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the residence of all of Spain’s past kings. Although it is now a world heritage site, King Phillip II began the library and collected many of the books that are still held there.

17. Wiblingen Monastery Library, Germany

Completed in 1744, this beautiful Baroque building is inscribed with the wonderful phrase ‘In quo omnes thesauri sapientiae et scientiae,’ meaning ‘In which are stored all treasures of knowledge and science.’

18. The Library of the San Francisco Monastery, Peru

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Located in Lima, the San Francisco Monastery was built in 1672 making it one of the oldest functioning libraries in the west.

19. University of Otago Central Library, New Zealand

The University of Otago is home to several libraries, however their Central Library is by far the most impressive. The library has over 500,000 books, 9000 of which where printed before 1801, and 2000 study spaces for students.

20. Nakanoshima Library, Japan

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True, this building doesn’t look traditionally Japanese but this Library constructed in 1904 actually fits in rather well with the rest of Osaka.

21. Beitou Library, Taiwan

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Eco-friendly and modern, this library recycles rainwater by letting it run down its slanted roof to be used in the restrooms!

22. Victorian State Library, Australia

Victorian State Library opened in 1856, although the famous domed room (pictures above) didn’t open until 1913. This absolutely huge library is home to over 2 million books including diaries from the famous James Cook.

23. The Tianyi Pavilion Library, China

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Built in 1560, Tianyi Pavilion Library is the oldest private library in Asia, and third oldest on the entire Earth. The collection, which was started by a retired imperial minister, includes over 300,000 ancient books that cannot be found anywhere else.

24. Fisher Fine Arts Library, USA

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Built in the late 1800s, this University of Pennsylvania library was designed by Philadelphia’s Frank Furness, making it a historic landmark.

25. Indianapolis Public Library, USA

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Originally constructed in 1917, this Indiana library has since been extended to combine older and extremely modern architecture in a harmonious and impressive display.

26. Palafoxiana Library, Mexico

The first publiclibrary in Mexico, built in 1646, this Puebla library is now one of the many buildings on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

27. University of Michigan Law Library, USA

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Renowned for its Gothic architecture, the Law Library is available to all students and is located at the centre of the Michigan campus.

28. Library of Parliament, Canada

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Built in 1876, the Library of Parliament was originally part of the parliamentary headquarters. The building was under construction for ten years before the builders admitted they didn’t know how to create a domed roof, and so this library became the first structure in North America to have a wrought iron roof.

29. National Library, Costa Rica

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Featuring an inverted arch above glass walls, this library may now have been built to withstand the numerous earthquakes that hit Costa Rica. So make sure to have a look while you can!

30. Austrian National Library, Austria

Built in 1723, Austria’s largest library is located in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna and is host to an incredible 7.4 million books.

31. Central Library of Vancouver, Canada

If you were to look closely at this building, which ancient constructions does it remind you of? If you guessed the Roman Colosseum you’re correct! In fact, this library was based on the ancient structure and covers an entire city block to do so. Not only does it include 1.3 million volumes, Vancouver’s central library also houses retailers, offices and restaurants.

32. Klarchek Information Commons, USA

On the shores of Lake Michigan, the stunning building at Loyola University in Chicago offers even more impressive views.

33. José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico

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Aptly referred to as the ‘Megalibrary’ by the Mexican press, this huge structure covers 409,000 square feet and houses over 500,000 books all hanging from glass shelves.

34. Delft University of Technology Library, Netherlands

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Delft University’s Technology Library is in a field of its own when it comes to modern architecture. With the library located under what appears to be a hill, the roof is a skylight that transforms into cone.

35. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

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As if it wasn’t enough that this library is the oldest in Switzerland, it’s one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world.

36. The Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Brazil

Located in Rio de Janeiro, The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura was built in 1887 and holds more works in Portuguese than anywhere else outside of Portugal.

37. The National Library, Brazil

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Another of Brazil’s incredible libraries, The National Library is the largest library in Latin America and the seventh largest on the planet.

38. Cornell Univeristy Uris Library, USA

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As Cornell University is located on a rather large hill, Uris sits at the top of the ‘slope’ with the proud title of being Cornell’s oldest library. You may also recognise the room above as the ‘Harry Potter’ library.

39. Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, USA

Otherwise known as The New York Public Library, this National Historical Landmark was originally built in 1911 and houses 75 miles of shelving. As it continued to grow, an underground area was built that extends under Bryant Park.

40. Handelingenkamer, Netherlands

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This library holds every record of Dutch parliamentary discussions and was very cleverly built to minimize the need for candles in a time before electricity.

 

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Death by Selfie

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Written By Laurie Essig Ph.D.
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LaurieEssigPeople are dying tryng to take a selfie. This weekend a 21-year-old man died in Bali when he fell off a cliff while trying to take a photo of himself. In Moscow, a 21-year-old woman died when she tried to take a selfie while holding a gun to her head. The gun went off. Alas, these stories are not unusal. A quick search for “death by selfie” reveals similarly sad stories. A 17-year-old Russian girl was electrocuted while taking a selfie on a bridge. A 21-year-old man in Spain climbed on top of a train to take a selfie and was electrocuted. In Portugal, a Polish family was vacationing when mom and dad fell off a cliff and died while trying to take a selfie.

In some ways, death by selfie is both patterned and predictable. Like suicide, death by selfies is not randomly distributed throughout the population. Since sociologist Emile Durkheim wrote his classic study of suicide in 1897, we have known that men are more likely to kill themselves than women. We now know that older white men from more rural states are the most at risk. Death by selfie is also not randomly distributed. It probably occurs more often for those for whom social media is an important factor for their sense of self. Selficide thus probably is most likely to affect younger people and is highly likely when those people imagine an opportunity to enact the self in an unusal way—like on vacation or in a physical location, like a bridge or the top of a train, that is not an everyday experience.  

In order to understand the premium that some people are willing to place on a selfie, it is important to turn to another sociologist, Erving Goffman. In The Performance of Self in Everyday Life, Goffman wrote that we become ourselves by performing ourselves. Fifty years before the age of selfies, Goffman understood that there is no core self, but only a self in relationship to others and that in order to be “ourselves” we are constantly called upon to act ourselves. The problem, of course, is that we might begin to believe our front stage presentations of ourselves as “real” or, perhaps worse, become alienated and cynical from our own performances of self. On social media, we see both these things happening. We stage ourselves with selfies, and we simultaneously acknowledge this staging.

Here’s a selfie of me on a cliff before a beautiful sea. But it’s a selfie. Get it? I’m staging myself before this beautiful sea. Or as Goffman put it: 

“(T)o the degree that the individual maintains a show before others that he himself does not believe, he can come to experience a special kind of alienation from self and a special kind of wariness of others.”

As Goffman’s 1959 classic shows, humans understood the importance of the presentation of self long before social media and selfies existed. All of social life is about presenting our vision of ourselves and trying to get our audience to believe it. 

But what is more of a dramatic fail than dying by selfie? At just the moment when we are supposed to be documenting our lives as extraordinary—as better than yours because I found this gun or climbed this bridge—our life ends. 

And so a new genre of selfie—the selficide—is born. It is part tragedy and all irony.

 

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25 Powerful Images Of Animal Love Can Teach Us So Much About Ourselves

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Written By Josh Richardson
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We can learn so much about love and ourselves by observing animals. Their interactions are a sure sign of that expression through body language without verbal communication. One look at these pictures is all it takes to appreciate not only the love between animals of the same species, but also cross species.

Mammals have the same brain structures and intricate emotional systems hard wired in their brains. We often do not give animals as much credit as they deserve for being complex, thinking, sensitive and empathetic beings, but they are. In fact, they demonstrate an unconditional love that all humans can learn from in their daily lives when dealing with each other.

The emotions from animals are simple and pure. They don’t suffer from the same emotional entanglements that humans do. They don’t have love-hate relationships with each other, or experience judgement to any degree. They don’t care about how much money you make or what you look like.

According to this study, people tend to ascribe lower levels of mental functioning to animals that they are about to eat. Another interesting study in the journal Appetite suggested that an animal’s perceived intelligence is the main factor in determining whether or not we will be disgusted by the thought of eating it.

Emotionally, children are more like animals because their frontal lobes are still growing and don’t mature until sometime in early adulthood. If we want to understand what love truly is, our observations and research would be well invested in studying animals.

 

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20 Happiest Places On Earth You Would Love To Live In

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Written By Rosina Ayling
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A number of different measures contribute to the average overall happiness of any given country, including GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, and even overall generosity and social support. Here is the list of the 20 most prosperous countries in the world according to rankings in the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index.

1. Denmark

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Denmark has finally reached number 1, after being number two for three years running! With an average life satisfaction score of 7.69 out of 10. This tiny country ranks first in entrepreneurship and opportunities – based on high levels of social fairness, connectivity and very low start-up costs. Denmark support parents – families receive 52 weeks of parental leave. Danish children receive free health care, as do Mother’s. Gender equality is key – with top leaders being both men and women. Bikes count for 50% of the travel round Denmark – reducing carbon emissions.

Its capital city Copenhagen was also named the “world’s most liveable city” again earlier this year by the international affairs magazine Monocle for its quality of life. The city is now regarded as one of Europe’s top foodie destinations, with the help of restaurants such as Noma which was named the “world’s best restaurant” last year.

According to research from the University of Warwick, genetics could be the key to explaining a nations level of happiness. Danish birth was also associated with specific versions of a gene that influences brain levels of the mood chemical serotonin. Compared with other people, Danes were less likely to have a short version of the gene linked to low levels of life satisfaction.

2. Norway

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Norway dropped one space in the world-happiness-ranking in 2014. However, they do have a brilliant sense of humour. They have great income, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and generosity. Norway is among the richest in the world and ranks first in social capital and second in safety and security. Making it a very safe place to live, as well as a fun and free place. Norway is also really safe, they have a very low crime rate and off course, its a beautiful country.

3. Switzerland

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Switzerland is one of the most thriving countries in the world and one of the happiest. But why? Well, they have brilliant health care – they have the lowest Government spending on health care and some of the healthiest people. They are very happy, they have a very low depression rate and were voted 64th out of 122 in stress levels. They invest in top-notch education. They care about innovation and come first in the world for innovation and on-the-job training and they have created an environment where people can thrive, allowing people and companies to leverage that capital.

4. The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is a very rich country, a rich democracy and lots of social cohesion. Also, Dutch children are happy, because there are endless amounts of children’s playgrounds, petting zoos and kid-zones. They are also taught to have a very open relationship with their families and to communicate regularly. Dutch families have a very liberal attitude to sex, drugs and alcohol. Many people know the Red Light Districts, suggestive art, and about sexual equality. Nearly a quarter of Dutch women give birth at home under the supervision of a midwife. After birth, the women are entitled to maternity care where they will help new mothers care for their baby but also advise them, give them regular health checks and even help them with household chores.

5. Sweden

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Sweden has high levels of social equality and political participation – it’s also a very tech-savvy country. Sweden is a good place to start a business. Start up costs are low. Although Sweden does not have higher economic wealth than the US, Swedens rate themselves as slightly happier than Americans do. Most Swedish families have two working parents, therefore a household has plenty of money.  Yes, taxes are high but they are used for brilliant health care, free university and a wide range of social programmes to help people get skills and jobs. They also receive a minimum of five weeks of paid holiday a year!

6. Canada

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Canada is the most prosperous nation in the Americas. Canada is very tolerant and welcoming. As a whole, people have become a bit happier and more generous in the past five years. Canadians have brilliant life expectancy, freedom of choice and generosity. Ninety-four per cent of Canadians believe they know someone they could rely on in time of need while 82 per cent say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones. Canada also has strong social ties with their family, friends and co-workers, they take more time and effort to make sure people are an important part of their lives.

7. Finland

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Finland has very low levels of crime and poverty, they have brilliant health care and the best education system in the world and a healthy work-life balance. They get 36 holidays days per year and if you leave your job for a brief time you can come back to a guaranteed position months later. University is free and if students want a student loan the interest rate is only 1%. Finland also has the least corrupt government in the world and they have plenty of beautiful places to relax!

8. Austria

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Austria has beautiful scenery, lakes, good food, fun celebrations and welcoming residents. As a result, residents tend to be very content. They believe in the old saying “live and let live”. Austria has low a crime rate (less than 100 murders per year). There is very little poverty and excellent public health care and public schools are easily accessible to everyone.

9. Iceland

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Iceland may seem rather isolated but 8 out of 10 Icelanders report that they are very content living there. They have a very high level of trust and strong social bonds with each other – it is not uncommon to see babies sleeping in their strollers outside of coffee shops while the parents relax inside. Iceland is also a very open gay friendly place, people don’t even notice. They also have great health care, paid maternity leave, unpolluted air, Eco-friendly heating and clean water. And of course the scenery is spectacular.

10. Australia

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Australians have a lot going for them – they have a booming economy, very low unemployment rates and the minimum wage is nearly $16 an hour. They also have a low crime rate, great health care and a very clean environment. Off course, the beaches and weather help too! They make sure they have a very good work-life balance. They are so friendly and easy to talk to. Public transport is so easy and cheap.

11. Israel

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Israel is ranked low in terms of income, housing, education and security – so why are they so happy? War has quite a bit to do with it.
 The fact is that Israel has been in a perpetual state of war—or under the threat of war—since David Ben-Gurion declared independence in May 1948, the only Western country in the world in which this is the case.

 Because of this they love life more than any other country.

They also enjoy higher life expectancy than Germany or The Netherlands, regardless of the war. They over 82 different kinds of ethnic communities and at any day you can bump into several of them. They have no censorship (within reason) and most radio stations will use swear words, however those swear words seem to have little or no impact. Just don’t swear in Hebrew, that is disrespectful. Women have many rights in Israel, with them being  one of the first countries to have a female Prime Minister.

12. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica isn’t a particularly wealthy country but they are very happy! They are incredibly green, with residents being very aware of their carbon footprint. Costa Ricans also have a high life expectancy – 78.5 years on average. Costa Rica has no army, instead they spend their money on education and health care, making them very peaceful. Environmental protection is massive in Costa Rica, they are very green and have a tree-planting programme. Costa Ricans have a very healthy diet in local fruit. Even their money is happy, they have brightly coloured notes with pictures of the country’s beloved wildlife on them.

13. New Zealand

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New Zealand is ranked 1st in Education and 2nd in Governance and Social Capital. New Zealand reflects a high-life expectancy. This why its people are so happy. New Zealanders are the friendliest people in the world, from the shopkeepers to the average person walking down the street. New Zealand are pretty strict with drinking, they ID everyone and they do no tolerate drunken behaviour.

14. United Arab Emirates

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In the United Arab Emirates, many drivers are intentionally getting speeding tickets with the hope that the arresting officers will drive them to the police station in a Bentley or Aston Martin. Now really, when you’re happy to get pulled over, what does that say about your country? With the ever-developing plans, economy is booming by the day.

15. Panama

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Panama has a strong sense of generosity as well as a low perception of corruption. They have a very positive attitude to life and are very laid back.  Panamanians love their fiestas and will not miss an opportunity to have a party. Social contacts are very important and a lot of time is dedicated to small talk and personal conversations. Families are very strong in Panama and on Sunday’s everyone still gets together.

The country has a thriving economy, with cost of living so cheap – you could live in a 3 bedroom apartment for $800-$1500 a month. You can live car-free, most things are in walking distance and it’s very easy to use public transport. Costa-Ricans have a very healthy lifestyle, with a simple diet and a lot of exercise. They also have a fantastic landscape, booming economy, financial stability and positivity runs high.

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Mexico on a whole has a strong baseline for the happiness and well-being of its citizens reflecting a perception that what they have makes life enjoyable. Mexicans have a better ability to cope with life’s negative experiences, pain, worry, sadness and instead remain positive, content and hopeful.

17. USA

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The USA have a high life-expectancy and high levels of well-being. America is one of the most resilient countries in the world and is very open to radical change. Americans can express themselves very openly. Americans are also less likely to view money as a way of leading them to happiness. 80% of Americans are very happy with their partner and family life. They also have the best road trips in the world, because traveling is so easy around America. They are very diverse, they have hundreds of different cultures and are very accepting of people and you their food … that would make anyone happy!

18. Ireland

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Irish people are among the happiest in the world, according to a new global report. Healthy life expectancies and generosity are elements that keep the residents of Ireland happy. In general, Irish people are more satisfied with their lives, with 84% of people saying they have a lot of positive experiences in an average day. Ireland is a very fair place, with powerful people keeping in check by the media, law and public opinions. Ireland also excel at sport, they get involved and are very patriotic.

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Luxembourg proves that sometimes money can buy happiness. It has great access to education, with 100% of the population being literate. Luxembourg is a well-known tax haven. Luxembourg’s average unemployment rate from 1982 to 2014 was 3.3%, the lowest in the Europe. Luxembourg was ranked 3rd best country in the EU for business efficiency. Like other European countries, Luxembourg has a free and universal national health insurance system. Luxembourg celebrates National Day on 23 June as the sovereign’s official birthday. The night before (22 June) is festive, with torchlight parades, fireworks, music, and parties. National Day is more ceremonial, including military parades, cannonades, and a “Te Deum” sung in the national cathedral… AND they have Prince Felix!

20. Venezuela

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Finishing the list is Venezuela, where in 2012 the country paid respect to some of the worlds most endangered species by setting up a 1,440 square miles shark sanctuary in the Caribbean Sea. They are very happy, energetic people and they love a dance and a party. Venezuelan people give a lot of importance to friendship, when they have a best friend, they stick by their side anytime because true friends are hard to come by. They are also very healthy, drinking natural juices during dinner instead of fizzy drinks.

 

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Written By Ramanpreet Kaur
From Lifehack

A friendship encompasses trust, care, and harmony. Whether it be humans, animals, mammals, friendships of all kinds do exist. You have heard cows have best friends, and when they are separated from each other, develop negative feelings of loneliness and isolation. In humans, we confide feelings to one another, in hopes burdens can be relieved, as friends give us support.

In the next few lines, you will see some amazing/unusual friendships between humans and animals. They are real, beautiful, and show us no boundaries exist between friends.

1. Gleaming Giraffe And Brunette Beauty

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The tallest living terrestrial animal seems engulfed in the woman’s presence. A genuine unbreakable bond between an enchanting lady and a majestic giraffe. Isn’t it inspirational? I would say so, yes.

It is rare that you see a giraffe and a woman become such close friends, making the bond so unusual.

2. Peaceful Girl And Majestic Moose

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The largest extant species in the deer family, the moose is seen comforting a girl. The only word that comes to mind is surely, “Aww.”

A moose and a girl comfort each other, building a friendship on comfort, care, and understanding. So lovely to capture in a photograph, as you can see.

3. Smitten Cheetah And Lovely Man

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Who says cheetahs can’t be our friends? Clearly, this claim is simply a myth. Here, we have the world’s fastest land animal kissing a man.

What sets this relationship apart is the fact we have a very dangerous animal so close in contact with a fellow man. If that is not unusual, you would be hard pressed to find what is.

4. Sweet Toddler And Licking Cheetah Cub

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“Licktastrophe” is the word that fits this scenario. Who knew that getting your hand licked by a cheetah could be this fun?

How often do you see a baby cheetah licking a little toddler, so gently? It seriously is one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

5. Adventurous Guy And Grizzly Bear

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It appears that bears aren’t that dangerous after all. This grizzly bear actually seems calm while looking into the eyes of the old guy.

We hear about bears attacking humans, but when do we see them loving them? Right here, friends!

6. Childish Bear And Smiling Guy

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The bear strikes yet again. The bear seems enamored by just looking at his paw. What must be he be thinking? And looking totally calm, sitting with the smiling man.

Almost like a boyfriend and a girlfriend underneath an apple tree, here the bear has taken the girlfriend’s place, and the guy is very much already there!

7. Naughty Bear And Sultry Lady

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The bear is giving this lady a big smooch on the chin, a rare sight for sure.

We have all heard the animated version of beauty and the beast, but this is the real one! The bear is the beast, and of course, the woman being the beauty or goddess. This friendship seems to be more than a friendship, it is love.

8. Monkey And Confused Man

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This guy looks almost confused as to why the monkey is in his arms. But, it is certainly very cute isn’t it? Any sort of a friendship – especially one between different species – is a cute one.

We are descendants of the monkeys and it looks like the monkey knows this, as he doesn’t seem to want to get out of the guy’s arms. Forget dogs, monkeys appear to be the real man’s best friend.

9. Mysterious Lady And Tiny Fox

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This is a special one. The eyes of the lady and the fox penetrate the viewer, positioned in the exact same spot in a sort of hypnotizing way.

She seems to be protecting the fox, holding it, cradling it in her arms. Friendship is about protection, being there for each other, through thick and thin. This is it!

10. Snuggly Tiger And Comforting Monk

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This is so sweet. The tiger is actually cuddling with the monk. They seem to be sharing each other’s company quite well. So lovely, it makes you wish that you could give the tiger a gigantic hug of your own. Alas.

Comforting the tiger, the monk is offering his friendship. It is a mutual respect and understanding; love, affection, and care are primary aspects that are between the two. This is what makes this friendship special and integral.

11. Exceptional Eagle And Perplexed Man

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Eagles can be friends and companions also. Just be careful of the beak. Don’t want to let that poke you!

The eagle is resting his bald head against the man’s shoulder. It almost resembles a moment like when your friend is distraught, terrified, and depressed and you give them a shoulder to lean on.

They offer their love and support in those trying times, and prove that you are there for them. This is that kind of friendship.

12. Slithering Serpent And Little Girl

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Just look at the color of that snake. Orange and yellow, with stripes, and circles, that snake is out of the ordinary. This friendship is scary but cool at the same time, and also out the ordinary.

We are always scared of slithering serpents but seems like this little girl is friends with one. The snake also seems quite amazed with this little girl, being a tiny one, if I may add.

13. Old Woman And Ostentatious Monkey

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That monkey sure has a wide smile. I think it is trying to express his emotions, thoughts, and feelings to this old woman. The face is quite surprising!

How often do you see monkeys become friends with old ladies? Well, seems like this monkey really likes this particular lady and vice versa. This is so distinct and spectacular.

It seems like their friendship began in the wilderness and has since then taking a new meaning.

14. Ferocious Lion And Daring Teenager

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The lion is surrendering himself to this guy. Wow, when do you see this unless you are watching “The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe”?

This is no lion from a film, however, this is a real life lion who just happens to be friends with this young teenager. And from the looks of it, their friendship could last a very long time.

15. Elegant Woman And Fox Curled Up Together

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This picture is peaceful to look at. You may almost feel sleepy just staring at it.

Time has transformed their friendship into something more abundant, fulfilling, and special. Theirs is a truly loving and gentle relationship.

16. Caring Camel And Wonderful Woman

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The time is long gone when humans could be friends with only humans. Camels are great friends as well and after seeing this picture, you can’t help but want a camel friend of your very own.

Lovely to behold their friendship…it is immaculate and endearing. Such an inspiration to those who believe in long lasting, true, friendships.

17. Terrific Tiger And Brave Guy

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This tiger sure is a large one. Beautiful and majestic is the tiger, but even far more heartwarming is the friendship between him and the guy here. Wow, they are going to be dirty after this play session in the muddy water.

The guy here is actually a conservationist and has been protecting the tiger since she was three years old. She is learning to now hunt which just goes to show  that taking care of another goes a long way.

18. The Girl And The Birds

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Yes, there is a kitten in this picture which doesn’t make it very unusual. The birds in this picture, however, so comfortable with the girl, are the aspect that is the unusual.

19. Crafty Crow And Brilliant Boy

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Your best friend can definitely be a crow. Keeping it close to your skin in order to keep warm in the cold winter, playing with him when bored, going outside in the wide and open air, or simply playing a guitar while it rests on your leg. A bird is the perfect friend.

It looks like this present, a best friend as a bird, turned out to be the perfect gift for this little fellow. He has a companion to play with, share feelings, and just do everything with. And it is so nice to see such a diverse friendship.

20. Lovable Lion And Cute Man

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Here comes a lion again, just a different perspective. Wow, this friendship is admirable…simply adorable.

Lions seem to get along well with humans apparently, making the list of most unusual friendships with humans.

21. White Bear And Mr. Old Guy

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Sleeping with a big, furry, old friend is the best thing, which is clear as day as shown here. I wish I could also take a nap alongside a white bear that is as soft as plush.

Just like lions, bears are another favorite. This is adorable, but admittedly weird.

22. Sea Lion And Murky Man

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Just a moment. Is this a sea lion? Well, yes. They sure know how to have fun, whether it be outside or simply spending time in the house.

After going to Sea World, it seems like this man has made a friend with the Sea Lion. And such a cute one at that.

23. Sea Creature And Astonished Man

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Looks like this sea creature is close friends with this guy, giving him something of a with a new funky hairdo. I do not know much, but this sure is an unusual and heartwarming friendship.

Sea creatures are not scary after all. They too can be good friends, just like us humans. So, don’t judge…they are just like us, in some ways.

24. Man And Cuddling Lion

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Like a baby gets picked up by their father or mother, this tiger is being cuddled by his human friend. Such an amazing sight, you wish you could be there to witness it yourself.

25. A Boy And His Bird

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Little hands of the boy, and little feet of the bird. All snuggled in a nice blanket made of plush, these two friends are spending time in an unusual, but completely heartwarming way.

26. Mammot And Boy

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This mammot and boy are both so adorable I can cry out! Just look at the eyes! Having traveled across with his family, this boy came across the mammot and has since been friends with it. Wow, such an amazing story!

27. The Cow And The Girl

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Cows and girls can also have friendships, especially when a girl cares this much for an animal. I can’t believe how sweet this is! To be friends with someone, there really are no boundaries, rules, or regulations.

All there needs to be is love, respect, care, and mutual understanding between one another. And that goes for every kind of relationship –  whether it be husband and wife, sister and brother or between two friends.

28. Hungry Hippo And Hospitable Human

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The hippo looks mighty fine with this man. He seems completely amazed with his new friend, and it looks like they are having a splendid time. I guess they are tailor-made for each other.

Although hippos don’t come to mind when you think of human-animal friendships, seeing this makes you want to be friends with this hippo too.

29. The Whale And The Little Girl

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Whales are often just as nice and gentle as humans. That is why a human can be friends with this whale, as the little girl proves here.

30. Friendly Goat And Playful Woman

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Goats may be annoying sometimes, but they can also be very good friends. Of course, this lady can trust this goat, as he in particular seems quite nice.

This is another odd pairing, but nevertheless amazing!

31. Eerie Elephant And Brave Child

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Elephants are quite cool and majestic in their own way. And this boy sure is having an amazing time, hitching a ride on this one.

Looks like I may need to start making some new animal friends, just like him. If only for a new mode of transportation!

 

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