Are you lucky?

I used to ask this question to my children every now and then, never when they visibly were unhappy.

After hearing Are you lucky?, I started asking it to other people as well, collecting (anonymous) answers to this question.

  • “Kas sa oled õnnelik?” – “Mis mõttes?” – “Noh üldselt” – (mõtleb veidi) “Jah”.

  • “Kas sa oled õnnelik?” – “Eesti keeles on ‘õnnelik’ pigem hetkeline eufooria kui üldine seisund” – “See on nii ka inglise ja prantsuse keeles. Sa pöördud teemast eemale.” – “Ma ei vasta sellele küsimusele. Ma lähen kaitseasendisse, kui sa niimodi küsid.”

  • “Bist du glücklich?” – “Kann ich nicht sagen. Eher nicht.”

Can we measure happiness?

Currently just a collection of links,

What the Longest Study on Human Happiness Found Is the Key to a Good Life The Harvard Study of Adult Development has established a strong correlation between deep relationships and well-being. The question is, how does a person nurture those deep relationships? By Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz. The Atlantic. January 2023.

What Makes Us Happy? Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? By Joshua Wolf Shenk. The Atlantic. June 2009.

The World Happiness Report (WHR):

March 2019 : Finland is the world’s happiest country – again

January 2023 : Finland tops World Happiness Report for fifth time in a row, highlights trust, wellbeing and freedom – other Nordics in top 8

January 2023 : Frank Martela (,) names three important things Finns do not do: We don’t compare ourselves to our neighbors. We don’t overlook the benefits of nature. We don’t break the community circle of trust.