The World Happiness Report 2017 ranked countries on six criteria measuring happiness: GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and an absence of corruption in government or the business sector.
“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,"Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that published the report, told Reuters.
"What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Meik Wiking, chief executive of the Happiness Institute in Copenhagen, said.
Iceland, Switzerland and Finland were also ranked in the top five. The US was 14th on the list, while the UK came in 19th place. Sachs said the US had dropped one place due to rising inequality, distrust and corruption. He said that President Trump’s economic measures were “all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.”
Syria, Yemen, Tanzania and Burundi are the least happy of the 155 countries listed in the fifth annual report by the SDSN.
The aim of the report is to provide governments with a tool to improve overall well-being in their country. “I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction,” Sachs said.
World Happiness Report 2017 rankings:
8. New Zealand
12. Costa Rica
14. United States
19. United Kingdom
At frickin’ last, here’s the celebratory… sequence! I never told you I know how to use After Effects, right? (>ᗜ<) I wish I could post this video in glorious 720p but what I’m going to do ¯\_(^‿^;)_/¯
Anyway, it’s amazing how far we’ve come, like… incredibly far. I still remember when I decided to make an ask blog ‘cause that was the trend back in 2012. I thought my blog would fade away along with the rest of unsuccessful ask blogs, but to my surprise, you loved this blog so much some people still begged me to reopen this blog long after closing it. This shows me I’ve created something worthy, and all of you followers are also proof of that.
So, again, thanks a lot. Every one of you is precious, even if you think you aren’t. ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*:･ﾟ✧
[News Article] “The Low Season of KPOP?”… For 2PM, This is other people’s business
2PM is able to shine brightly with great influence in Japan’s Music Industry.
Recently, Japan’s entertainment magazine “K-POP Bible” published an “Accumulation of the Top 30 Sales” and 2PM is placed 3rd within the K-POP Singers who are active in Japan, and Junho attained the highest results of being in the 21st place among all solo artistes. This accumulation results are based on Korean artistes producing local (Japanese) singles, albums and DVDs, and are arranged based on the Japan’s music industry ever since K-POP became a trend from 31 December 2012 to 30 April 2017.
2PM is able to break through the low season of K-POP by selling an accumulation of exceeding 1 million copies, with 1, 102, 469 copies, rising up to the 3rd place. 2PM member Junho also managed to sell 236, 966 copies , placing at the 21st as the highest record sales solo artiste, showing the real popularity of 2PM in Japan. 2PM is the only group that has solo members arranged in the chart.
In Japan, 2PM is able to not only have different activities where they are able to “work individually and then work together again”, they are very stable in Japan’s industry. Junho, who announced his start of his solo activities every year since 2013, debut for 5 years and has a strong standing in Oricon Charts. This year, he also has similar plans to have activities. He is going to release his 5th Japanese solo mini album “2017 S/S” this month on 26th and to commemorate this, he started off with a solo concert Japan tour. From 1 July, he started his concert at Fukuoka and will be completing 5 cities in Japan with 12 concert performances. The concert tour is named as “2017 S/S”.
Recently, 2PM member Chansung gained much attention after the release of the news that he will be participating in a musical “ALTAR BOYZ” in Japan, debuting as a Japan musical performer. “ALTAR BOYZ” will be having their performance at amphitheater from 25 August to 27 August in Japan. It is the first time that this musical will have performances in Korea and Japan, causing fans to have lots of expectations.
Before that, Wooyoung has carried out his “Solo Tour 2017 Party Shots” in Japan from 5 April to 30 April within the whole of Japan in 6 different cities for 11 concert performances. He released his solo album “Party Shots” on 19 April, having the records of being at the 2nd position in the Oricon Chart (until 1 May). He also received lots of love and support from the Japanese.
“A group for 10 years” 2PM’s potential is still shining in Japan, 2PM’s future activities are widely cared by fans.
oh man does anyone else remember back in the day when little numbers was a WIP but had gained CRAZY amounts of readers and then when it would get updated everyone in the glee fandom would drop everything and read it and like live blog the update together and it was just a beautiful time of peace of pure fan girl-ness.
never into “hey i’m an artist”
brag and never considered myselft as one (i don’t want to get pressured just by that label), but i do appreciate art-forms and hard working people behind it. it’s just beautiful to see that more people are really into it nowadays, i don’t care if it’s just a trend or hipsterish vibes. wayback 2012 (my first year here in cubao), art exhibits was just seeing same people again and again, i was active in the movement that time, being friends with tattoo artists, emcees, street artists and bboys, and the atmosphere was like “you again?”, unlike today that there’s more audience, more content, more artists.
the industry blooms, i just hope that whenever this “hipster artsy trend” is gone, you will not abandon the industry, respect the art-form, don’t do it just because you want to fit in, focus on your outputs, don’t brag too much, don’t hurt the people who loves the industry so much.
My Top 14 Romantic Comedies From the Last 14 Years
It’s that time of year again where half of us are hugging their special someone while the other half are hugging their pillows. But have no fear, romantic comedies are here. These are my favorites from the last 14 years.
14. Hope Springs (2012)
One of 2012’s most overlooked comedies starred Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as an older couple who seek to revitalize their marriage with the help from a marriage counselor (played by Steve Carell). It’s nice to see Streep play a lighter role every once and a while and even TLJ’s deadpan humor gets you laughing.
13. Warm Bodies (2013)
One of last year’s most overlooked comedies was a zombie take on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Nicholas Hoult stars as the very-dead “R”, whose continuous narration gives his corpse some life, comes across the very-alive Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. I was actually quite surprised by this film as it is one of the best entries in Hollywood’s current zombie trend.
12. Ruby Sparks (2012)
Ruby Sparks is a creative take on the romantic comedy. This indie flick is about a struggling novelist who begins to write about the girl in his dreams and she inadvertently comes to life. Stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (who also wrote the film) have so much chemistry as they are also a real-life couple. If you’re looking for a quirky romance, you’ve come to the right place.
11. 50 First Dates (2004)
Back in the day when Adam Sandler starred in fairly decent films, he and his Wedding Singers co-star Drew Barrymore reunited for this Hawaii-set RomCom. Sandler is an animal trainer who tries to win the heart of a school teacher, except she has extreme short-term memory loss. It’s not necessarily a deep film, but it’s full of laughs and The Beach Boys.
10. Tangled (2010)
When you think about it, Disney’s Tangled is really a romantic comedy. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi) use each other to get ahead, but in the end they fall in love. Filled with colorful characters and enjoyable music, this film sparked a resurgence of Disney animation greatness.
9. Love Actually (2003)
Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman, Rowan Atkinson, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Lincoln are some of the many faces that appear in the widely popular Christmas movie. Love is in the air (well…in Britain really) in Love Actually.
8. Don Jon (2013)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, produced, wrote, directed, and starred in one of the sexiest romantic comedies in recent memory. JGL plays a womanizing, porn-addicted gym nut who falls in love for the first time. He and Scarlett Johansson give some of their best performances to date. And sorry ladies (and gentlemen for that matter), no nudity from either of them.
7. Legally Blonde (2001)
Definitely the most “girly” on the list, Legally Blonde is really a well-made film. Reese Witherspoon goes from the pretty sorority sister to a law student to win over the man she thinks is “the one”. Legally Blonde has an array of wonderful characters and big laughs. My advice, stay clear of the sequel.
6. Enough Said (2013)
Enough Said is one of the most down-to-earth films I’ve seen in a long time. Television icons Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini star as divorcees whose relationship becomes complicated. These characters, dialogue, and emotions all feel real. And being one of Gandolfini’s last performances, it is certainly one of his best.
5. Shallow Hal (2001)
You can learn a lesson or two from Shallow Hal. In one of Jack Black’s best movies, he stars as a womanizer who after unknowingly being placed under a spell falls in love with a 300-pound woman as he only sees her inner beauty. That 300-pound woman is played by the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow. This is definitely a feel-good romantic comedy.
4. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei star in one of the most well-written romantic comedies of modern times. While Carell tries to save his marriage, Gosling struggles to impress a girl who has stolen his heart. With great humor and interesting plot twists, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a real treat.
3. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite Woody Allen films of all time. Owen Wilson fills in the shoes of a Woody-type character who accidentally travels back in time to the 1920’s Paris and falls in love with a woman from that era. Did I forget to mention that he’s already engaged? This film is a love letter to Paris, enriched with the culture of yesteryear. The ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Corey Stoll, Adrian Brody, Tom Hiddleston, and Kathy Bates.
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
This romantic comedy reenforces an unwritten law of marriage: when you marry a woman, you marry her family. When a young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man, she struggles to obtain her family’s approval. This type of dilemma occurs through multiple cultures, certainly not as funny though. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is fun, romantic, and absolutely hilarious.
1. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook is everything you want in a romantic comedy: great performances, big laughs, and lots of lovin. Bradley Cooper stars as a man recently released from a mental hospital and attempts to win back his ex-wife with the help of a not-so-levelheaded widow, played by the Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence. Moving, charming, down-to-earth, sexy, and funny, Silver Linings Playbook is wonderful in every sense of the word.
Now if you excuse me, I’ve got some movies to watch.