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Secrets from the World’s Happiest Workplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2012

Icelanders are more than twice as happy as Americans. Here’s what your business can learn from them.
It’s a well-known fact that happy workers are more productive than miserable ones. Unfortunately, far from being happy, many workers (especially in the U.S.) are stressed to the breaking point.

How can managers create a work environment that generates happier (and therefore more productive) workers? One answer is to imitate Iceland.

Why Iceland? Turns out that Iceland is one of the happiest countries on earth. Almost three-quarters of Icelanders consider themselves “content,” as opposed to only a third of people living in North America.

And that’s pretty impressive when you consider that Iceland has some of the worst weather on the planet, is dark all day for half the year, has more-than-occasional volcanic eruptions, and experienced a financial meltdown far worse than the one in the U.S.

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With that in mind, here are four tips:

1. Create a Community

In U.S. businesses, success is frequently seen as a purely individual achievement, often at the expense of others. In Iceland, however, conditions are so challenging that there’s no surviving (much less thriving) without the help of those around you.

In Iceland, sure, you can achieve success, but only if you’re part of something greater than your little selfish self. Communities, and goals that are mutual rather than individual, make people feel more connected and therefore more happy.

2. Encourage Broad Interests

In the U.S., it’s considered unprofessional even to have a hobby, much less multiple interests. (“What? You’ve time for that?”) In Iceland, people are proud to publicly play multiple roles and talents. The mayor of the capital city, Reykjavik, for instance, is also known as an actor, a comedian, and a rock musician. Read the rest of this entry »

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And the Most Peaceful Country in the World Is…

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012

According to the annual Institute for Economics & Peace releases its Global Peace Index, Somalia is not a top holiday destination.
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Iceland, land of the peaceful

Anyone seeking that elusive state of affairs known as ‘peace on Earth’ had better also have an appetite for volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Iceland, the little Nordic island with no standing army and the smallest population of any a NATO member state, is the most peaceful country in the world, according to  the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

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Iceland is one of the most progressive nations on the planet: its welfare system offers health care and higher education for every one of its 320,000 citizens; it is powered in large part by renewable geothermal energy (see volcanoes, above); and it was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

While the country has hit some thin ice recently — in 2008 it basically went bankrupt, prompting public riots, and in 2010 a unpronouncable Icelandic volcano wreaked travel chaos across the north Atlantic — it’s general reputation as a pleasant liberal paradise put it at number one on the group’s list.

Iceland is followed by Denmark and New Zealand, tied for second place. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Most Peaceful Countries: 2011 Global Peace Index (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 27, 2011


Any problem to include other countries?
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Grimsvotn, Iceland Volcano, Creates Ash Cloud That Could Affect British, Irish Airspace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 23, 2011


21st of May already gone. So soon it will be ok.
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Geir Haarde, Iceland Ex-PM, Indicted For Role In Financial Crisis

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010


Could be the best case for the ruling parties.
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