The Irish people consistently rank as among the most content with their lives in the Western World. The roots of this are found in the culture of Ireland, which places very strong emphasis on community and friends. I looked at old Irish proverbs to see what the traditional base for this was.
Three core beliefs stood out as being driving forces behind being happy in Irish culture, they are:
1. Material goods do not bring happiness.
2. Enjoy the company of friends and family.
3. Don’t take yourself or events too seriously.