05 Aug '11, 2am

What is Singapore-style happiness? Find out here:

SOME say Singaporeans are a glum lot - but that's because statisticians only look at numbers; they do not search for the heartbeat of the island reflected in scenes like the one below, which are repeated every minute of every day in food outlets all over this great nation. Last week, I arrived at Suntec for a 7am seminar only to find I had misread the invitation which said it would start at 7pm. With time to kill, I headed off to a McDonald's outlet where I was grateful to experience a Singapore happiness special: early morning breakfast. Everyone is greeted with a heartfelt 'Good morning - how are you today?', whether the customers acknowledge it or not. A middle-aged man comes in and, with a twinkle in his eye and cheer in his voice, is the first to greet the staff with 'Good morning'. The elderly female employee grins from ear to ear. He wants only a takeaway coffee and...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_698665...

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