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Let's limit the size of countries to 35 million to make people happier?

See the World Happiness Report 2017.
Any common point between the top 10.
They have no more than a dozen of millions of citizens...


4M in NZ, 5M in Finland, Switzerland 8M, Australia 23M, Canada 35M, the biggest.
It makes me think something simple.
Small countries make people's life happier.
They are constantly praised in media, I recently saw Elon Musk praising Norway (fr).
Some think the city is where things will change (fr). I agree and disagree at the same time. A lot of cities are at the same time doing great things for the planet and to offer a great way of life but they also gentrifying, kicking poor outside. So what's the point...

I think it's definitely complicated to make a big country happy. The 14th of the ranking seems to make me lie, it's the USA. But his ranking is due to its richness per capita. And we know most of the countries richness goes to the top 1%. Moreover, the USA is not a country it's a group of states working together. Biggers state is …
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We all live in dimensions. Having friends in others makes our life richer.

We live a life. We’re all in a dimension. When we spend time with people on a similar dimension, we comfort us on it.  That’s important to do it. Human is a social animal. When responding time with people on different dimensions, we visit these different dimensions.  This is even more important.  It makes life richer. A lot richer. It’s tasting different lives, diving into them.
It’s also challenge our dimension choice. The “what if I would have done things differently” question comes. This question is disagreeable sometimes because we feel it would have been better than choosing our current dimension.

But isn’t it a good sanity check? 

We need the Runkeeper, the Swarm of donations

Donations are not something we expose.
Why?
We expose where we work, what we eat, where we run, have drinks, get a massage, practice sport, what we buy, what we celebrate. We expose all the cool things we do. We do this because sharing make our activities more exciting. We share because we want to share our joy because we want to make other discover who we are, get inspired.  We sometimes also share to shine, show off 😃
But we don’t expose when we give to associations, foundations, other people.
What is cooler than giving? What’s more inspirational than giving. Nothing.
My company, Adobe, double of the gift I do. I have to log them on a platform and the double it. As a result, this platform logs my donations. What if this platform were public.  People would get inspired, they would know me better, and we’d all give more together inspiring each other and challenging each other. Because giving would have entered into the cool space.
We need the Runkeeper, the Swarm of foundations.  

Only law can change people's habits. Plastic cups example

Imagine someone telling you - plastic cups are forbidden in companies.Yep. Coffee machine works only if you put your mug in. Crazy isn't it?It happened in France.Guess what.After a couple of wtf days, nobody really cares and get the habit to use mugs.Imagine if a law has just "encouraged" this change.People would have thought it was far too hard.Only law can change people's habits.I don't believe people - of course except a small percentage - can put constraints on them for civilization's survival.You?

Series are like books a century ago.

Series are like books a century ago.
You don’t watch series, you get into it. For dozens of hours, hundreds of hours.
You don’t just spend a good time with series, you learn, you live things, you build yourself with them.

Just like with books before, and still today.

Machines replace humains... or let them do more human things?

When I take the metro, humans are now here to help to regulate the traffic.

The voice speaking in the microphone is no longer a recorded voice, it's a real human talking.

When I go shopping, I scan products by myself. A human is here, just to help, just to say hello, goodbye.

When I go to the post office, automatic machines allow me to do all I need. I can still ask humans some advice, help.

When I buy some bread. I pay contactless or through a machine taking my coins to give me back change. The staff member is here to advise me, not much.

Airbnb. We book places. No transaction. Just human relationship.

Free bike service. Fully automated. I just call people to solve issues with them when some happen.

I buy on Amazon marketplace. I don't buy to a huge multinational powered by machines. I buy to a local bookshop in a small city in France.

Let's be optimistic.

Let's hope we'll do more human stuff in the future and less alienating things.





The day we'll have bigger mailboxes, we'll buy more on Amazon

Amazon is the reflex for most of the products we buy.

And what happen is that people deliver products you buy at home.

And you're not here.

And they can't put them in your small mailbox.

So they drop it at the post office.

So you have to go there.

Or they come back tomorrow, and it's the same story.

Mailboxes are too small.

The day we'll have bigger mailbox, we'll buy more on Amazon