In May of this year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) analyzed 5 items of residence, income, employment, education, environment, health, and life satisfaction in various countries, and published the "Happiness Index (The Better Life Index)" ranking. Australia topped the list for the third time.
For the happiness of Australia, many people's first feeling is the blue sky and white clouds. The sky in Canberra, the capital of Australia, is really bluer than the sky in Beijing, the capital of China. A dark cloud drifts over a few drops of rain, and the sun is shining, and there is a hint of fragrance in the air.
This is the huge difference between happiness and unhappiness. When the air you breathe is full of exhaust fumes and harmful substances, you don't know one day you will suddenly find cancer. How can happiness come from?
Outside the air is eating. Poisonous foods such as waste oil, melamine, and Sudan red make the Chinese feel uneasy, while Australians do not have to worry about food safety at all.
In Australia, all live seafood and big lobsters all drank beer, and there was no diarrhea. In Australia, a cockroach can also ruin a restaurant owner.
Air and food safety are just the skin of the source of happiness for Australians. What really gives them a sense of happiness and security is a sound social security system. Australians do not need to worry about the three mountains that Chinese people have to face: housing, medical care and education.
If you get sick in Australia, you can go directly to the hospital with your social security card. Education is even easier. You can enjoy compulsory education. You can go to school wherever you go. Housing is not expensive.
College students generally receive an annual salary of 5 Australian dollars after their lives, while the average annual salary of Australians is 6.7 Australian dollars. In other words, the annual income of a working class can pay the down payment for the house. This is nothing short of a fantasy in Beijing. According to the average price of 3 yuan, a 100-square-meter house in Beijing requires 10 yuan if the down payment is 30%. Even if calculated based on Beijing’s watery per capita salary, it would take 4 years of income to pay the down payment, and a loan of 270 million. It takes a lifetime like a snail and it is difficult to pay off this huge debt.
More importantly, Australian men don't have the rigid demand for buying a house from their mother-in-law. If you can't afford it, it's not bad to rent a house. We don't compare with each other and live our own lives. Living like having a room but not having a room, and getting married like having a room but not having a room, my happiness has increased by many times.
I remember someone said that water, sunshine, air, and freedom are four inalienable rights. After the problems of eating, drinking and sleeping, it is the security and freedom of Australians.
Demolition is definitely a difficult term for Australians. In a big city like Sydney, it is difficult to see new buildings after the 2000 Olympics. On the contrary, the old houses in the city center are strictly protected by the government and their appearance must not be changed.
Freedom is a better feeling. We sneaked from Sydney’s Chinatown to the city hall, sat down at the door, no one was in charge of us, and there was no policeman with live ammunition at the door. Sitting at the door of the city hall was as pleasant as sitting at the door of the mall.
In Canberra, I took a car to visit the Houses of Parliament. I went in after security check. No one even saw my passport. This is the place where Australia’s "NPC deputies" meet, and you can come and go freely. You can listen, because this is a representative elected by the people, and the people have the right to hear how they hold the meeting.
Climbing to the top of the Houses of Parliament and overlooking Canberra, it feels like "stepping on the feet" of the Australian government. Suddenly, I remembered the visit to Capitol Hill, where I was also overlooking the White House. Representatives elected by the people themselves are responsible for supervising the government and for legislation. Of course, they must be higher than the government. This is probably the source of Australian happiness.