There are a lot of different approaches to measure happiness levels in a given country and, of course, they are all imperfect. These two recent studies seem interesting though: According to the latest Gallup, these are the happiest countries:
% Thriving in 3+ Elements of Well-being
- Panama 61
- Costa Rica 44
- Denmark 40
- Austria 39
- Brazil 39
- Uruguay 37
- El Salvador 37
- Sweden 36
- Guatemala 34
- Canada 34
And these lists are by the UC Berkeley professors, teaching “Science of Happiness” EdX MOOC:
- Costa Rica
People sometimes ask for my reasons behind choosing Berkeley-Haas among other schools.
Shortly, these are the reasons:
- Focus on technology and entrepreneurship.
- Location, location, location. Not only because it is sunny California, but because being close to Silicon Valley opens many career opportunities that are highly germane to my vision.
- It is a part of a larger top university.
- For instance, I do not think I would enjoy going to LBS or INSEAD as much. These are great business schools, but these business schools are not part of larger universities.
- There is something special about being on campus with ~30 thousand smartest students from all over the world who also major in fields other than business.
- For example, UC Berkeley is currently top 1-2 in Computer Science, top 1-5 in Physics and top 1-3 in Mechanical Engineering.
- Believe it or not, but the I find the defining principles personally appealing.
- Great brand and good rankings do not hurt either
- In particular, I liked the fact that Haas ranks well on the “Student evaluation” axis, it is #2 in “Students’ evaluation of career services” and quite high overall “Student rating of the program (out of 5)”, 4.56, according to The Economist 2013 rankings.
- I really want to add “people” to this list of Berkley-Haas strengths, but this would be probably unfair as I cannot compare to other schools as I could not know it for sure before starting the program.
The list could go on and on and on, but these are probably the main ones top-of-mind. Of course, there are drawbacks as well, but no one schools is perfect.
Let me know what you think!
It’s been more than seven months already and I finally found some time to blog about our Italy and France honeymoon trip in May, 2013.
We wanted to see many things, but didn’t want to spend the entire holiday in a car, so we tried to leave some time to chill. This resulted in the following plan:
Rome and Vatican → San Marino → Bologna → Florence → Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore → Monaco / Menton → Nice.