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The Evolution of Happy…. Its affect on communities past and present. Josie and Trish. 3rd Grade, Objective 3.01:. Analyze changes that have occurred in communities past and present. What are the barriers to improving quality of life?. Discrepancies between modern and ancestral environments .

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the evolution of happy

The Evolution of Happy…

Its affect on communities past and present.

Josie and Trish

3rd grade objective 3 01
3rd Grade, Objective 3.01:
  • Analyze changes that have occurred in communities past and present
discrepancies between modern and ancestral environments
Discrepancies between modern and ancestral environments
  • Consider that estimate that humans evolved in the context of small groups
  • These groups consisted of perhaps 50 to 200 individuals
  • Modern humans, in contrast, typically live in massive urban metropolis, surrounded by thousands or even millions of other humans
from arranged marriages to match com
From arranged marriages to
  • Ancestral humans may have had a dozen or two potential mates to choose from
  • Modern humans, in contrast, are surrounded by thousands of potential mates.
  • Modern humans are bombarded by media images of attractive models on as scale that has no historical precedent and that may lead to unreasonable expectations about the quality and quantity of available mates.
how have changes in the family impacted us
How have changes in the family impacted us?
  • Ancestral humans lived in extended kin networks, surrounded by genetic relatives such as uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces, cousins and grandparents, etc.
  • Modern humans typically live in isolated families often devoid of extended kin
  • Ancestral humans relied on their friends and relatives to seek justice, to correct social wrongs, to deal with violence inflicted on them from others.
  • Modern humans rely of hired police and a very complicated legal system.
It is reasonable to speculate that these large discrepancies between ancestral and modern environments create unanticipated psychological problems and reduce the quality of life.
  • According to some analysis, the increase in depression stems from self perceived failures resulting in erroneous comparisons between people's lives and the lives they seen depicted so glamorously in the media.
adaptations designed for competition
Adaptations designed for competition
  • If a person’s happiness depends in part on another’s misery or failure, then how can people design lives to improve the quality of all, not just those who happen to get ahead?
closing the gap between modern and ancestral conditions
Closing the gap between modern and ancestral conditions
  • Modern humans cannot go back in time and live the lives of their stone age forebears, nor would an uninformed or uncritical move in that direction be inherently desirable, given that modern technology has eliminated many of the hostile forces of nature that formerly made life brutish, painful and short.
  • Nonetheless, the gap between former and modern conditions might be closed on some dimensions to good effect.


The happiest country in the world?


Northern Europe

Bordering the Baltic and North Seas

Located on the Jutland Peninsula

Two major islands: Sjaelland and Fyn

geography continued
Geography Continued
  • Geographic coordinates: 56 00 N, 10 00 E
  • Area: total: 43,094 sq km (slightly less than twice the size of Massachusetts)
  • Border countries: Germany
  • Coastline: 7,314 km
  • Climate: temperate, humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers
  • Terrain: low and flat to gently rolling plains
denmark quick facts
Languages:Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority), English is the predominant second language

Literacy:99% of pop.

Unemployment rate:4% 2010 after economic melt down. In July of 2008 it was as low as 1.7%

Capital: Copenhagen

Constitutional Monarchy

Population: 5,500,510

Life Expectancy: 78.3

Religious makeup: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Christian (includes Protestant and Roman Catholic) 3%, Muslim 2%

Denmark Quick Facts
  • The word Denmark appears as early as the 900’s.
  • Denmark then and now are quite different.
  • Vikings! The accepted past times were raping, pillaging, and burning. Good times!
  • In the 13th and 17th centuries Denmark was a superpower
more history
More History
  • The current configuration of Denmark is the result of 400 years of forced land relinquishments and lost battles.
  • The consequence of these defeats is the homogeneous society that we see today.
  • The days of the Vikings have past and Denmark now is a neutral society.
what reasons can we identify that account for their alleged happiness

What reasons can we identify that account for their alleged happiness?


Homogeneous society?

Social programs?

Economic Equality?

Societies Expectations?