Why are Dutch children so happy?

Why are Dutch children so happy?

There are 239 comments on the BBC story from Feb 14, 2007, titled Why are Dutch children so happy?. In it, BBC reports that:

Dutch children have been rated the most fortunate children in Europe. Their parents go out of their way to please them, and teachers expect less of them than some of their European counterparts.

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braveheart

Cameron, MO

#1 Feb 16, 2007
Blowing smoke up Americans butts for corporate toy sales? well of course you are.
jusef

Rabat, Morocco

#2 Aug 30, 2008
i think that in the netherland children find themselves in could conditions socially economically...so there is no way they are going to be happy.
TurkProtestan

Istanbul, Turkey

#3 Sep 25, 2008
i wish every children were happy but unfortunately most of them is unhappy
belle g

Waltham, MA

#5 Feb 25, 2009
Why is their "happiness" considered more important than their intellectual development, their consideration for others, and their ability to make their way in the world when they become of age?
Sounds from the article that they're a bunch of spoiled brats who have a tough time dealing with adult life once they become of age.

“I love beautiful woman.”

Since: Feb 09

Tianjin

#6 Feb 25, 2009
they smoke pot
Vtxm

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#7 Feb 27, 2009
In Holland childeren doesn't use drugs.
Its all bullshit because the Dutch goverment want tourists!

“I love beautiful woman.”

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Tianjin

#12 Feb 27, 2009
well, then it could be like this:

tourists smoke pot and are happy, and we all know happiness can be passed onto others
Squance

Netherlands

#14 Mar 18, 2009
@belle g
Sounds a bit like if you are jealous. What the hell can be wrong with being happy? It is the most important thing in the world. You work, make money and develop yourself in order to BE happy.
It has no use to develop yourself if you cannot be happy with it.

“I love beautiful woman.”

Since: Feb 09

Tianjin

#15 Mar 19, 2009
Squance wrote:
@belle g
Sounds a bit like if you are jealous. What the hell can be wrong with being happy? It is the most important thing in the world. You work, make money and develop yourself in order to BE happy.
It has no use to develop yourself if you cannot be happy with it.
I like the part of the purpose of life

pesky the real deal

“Safe pair of hands”

Since: Nov 08

where the trouble is

#16 Mar 19, 2009
perhaps, those dutch kids are happy because their parents are stoned most of their time so they leaveĀ“em alone ?
kml

Netherlands

#17 Mar 20, 2009
it's the weed
TheRealist

Arvada, CO

#19 Mar 20, 2009
I agree it's the dope
anita vanderlinde

Netherlands

#20 Mar 25, 2009
Undeveloped bunch if you really believe we're all on dope over here. We just care and have the means to do so unlike in most countries unfortunately.
dot

Haarlem, Netherlands

#21 Mar 26, 2009
euh yeah you can also be happy without dope..shocking for you right?
dot

Haarlem, Netherlands

#22 Mar 26, 2009
Vtxm wrote:
In Holland childeren doesn't use drugs.
Its all bullshit because the Dutch goverment want tourists!
about that... thats like.. kinda bullshit.. dutch children use drugs too.. not ALL children but there are children who do..you'll be shocked how many children use it
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#23 Mar 26, 2009
All I have to say is that dutch people are the most intelligent, civilized and tolerant people I have ever talked to.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#24 Mar 26, 2009
dot wrote:
<quoted text>
about that... thats like.. kinda bullshit.. dutch children use drugs too.. not ALL children but there are children who do..you'll be shocked how many children use it
But they know how to discuss civilized. When discussing with a dutch person, Civilized Discussion is guaranteed. ;)
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#25 Mar 26, 2009
anita vanderlinde wrote:
Undeveloped bunch if you really believe we're all on dope over here. We just care and have the means to do so unlike in most countries unfortunately.
You dutch people are more civilized than rest of the Europe.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#26 Mar 26, 2009
pesky the real deal wrote:
perhaps, those dutch kids are happy because their parents are stoned most of their time so they leaveĀ“em alone ?
Brute slovak giving his wisdom to the civilized dutch people. ;)
jerry from england

Redhill, UK

#27 Mar 27, 2009
i have been a visitor to the nederlands for over 20 years .i love the place as do my sons 15 and 12 years old.we have always been treated very well and made to feel welcome .there is a very good attitude towards young people which unfortunatly seems to be missing in the uk im very sad to say.

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