World's Happiest Places I find this study very interesting. I've always been a free market capitalist, but find myself wondering if America's emphasis on work, above all else, is really working for us, or healthy. Is work more important than life? Or do these northern European countries know something we don't? Have they learned to balance work and life in a way that we haven't? I think the question we have to ask ourselves, as a country is: "Is the American way of life working for the vast majority of Americans?" I'm not sure, and I don't have any answers, but thought I'd share.