You've got the right idea! Keep it up. Only 39,999,999 more Poles to convince....
(OK I exaggerate for effect, but my point stands. Youger Poles do on the whole smile more than older ones, hopefully the effects of communism are beginning to wear off...) You guys do understand what exaggerating for effect means - or are you all Americans who take everything literally? (There you go, just offended two national groups in one message!)
There was an interesting comment made by a British pub owner back in the Summer of 2004 (soon after Poland joined the European Union in May 2004) and the flood gates were opened for Polish imigration into the UK. He was stunned by the number of Poles that kept knocking on his pub doors looking for work. He said he couldn't possibly hire any of them as they all had such miserable looks on their faces and they would scare off his customers!
Perhaps things have changed since, as now there's barely a pub in the UK that doesn't employ Polish bar staff. And its nice to see some of them do occasionally smile.
I really wouldn't mind being German at all.
Only problem is they are probably one of the few nationalities in the world who don't have a sense of humour. They do smile occasionally though, and Germans from the former West Germany seem not be miserable. Whenever I go to Germany I still here them complaining that all the Ozzies (ie former East Germans) are all miserable oiks, who do nothing but complain and never smile... Very much like my opinion of the Poles in fact.
Perhaps not German, but I certainly wouldn't mind being Dutch or Danish... both 'mild' forms of German.
You are more miserable than the people you accuse of being miserable.
I agree. They have all got used to it. Nay, I think they were born into it and don't even notice that they're miserable. They've got so used to seeing long faces everywhere that they think it is the normal way to behave in public. Which is exactly the problem. Poles in Poland, particularly those who live on those endless hideous housing estates - which is the majority - have forgotten how to be happy in an open manner, how to enjoy bantering with people they just meet on the street, how to be civil to each other.
The fact I am more miserable than they are is all the worse in that I used to be an overall happy, open person. I can feel tangibly how much more of a misery guts I've become since living in Poland.
What happened on May 2004?
Are you kidding? You really don't know? Are you an American or something?
Poland entered the European Union, and Poles got the legal right to live and work in the UK, which they immediately proceeded to do, en masse, not the 15,000 that UK gov expected, but more like 600,000 (which may be a conservative estimate, cos they've lost count)...
Well... I see them come and go in this forum. They spew nonsense and then leave.
Yes FISZ don't worry, I'll get bored and leave soon. Then you can get back to less challenging questions. If you think I'm writing nonsense then don't read it. Nobody's forcing you to.
It may surprise you to know that some people have different views to you. Amazingly enough some people actually share my views... or at least sympathize with them. Just read some of the other posts on this thread...
I've become deeply unhappy as a result of living in miserable Poland, and really I was looking for some answers...
What can I do about it, short of going on Prozac or leaving this country?
Why are the people here so miserable? When if ever will the Poles change their behaviour to each other in everyday situations (nearly 17 years since the fall of Communism, and progress is abysmally slow); when will Poles start to react to each other with civility. Is this a forlorn hope, or is something the Brits have acheived only after X hundred years of peaceful urban culture?
Are you really a Pole, and have you ever been in Poland in your life, AntiMonoPole#1? After reading your lies, I'm starting to think that the answer to both of my questions is NO.
And in the future, if you want to lie, do it at least properly.
Have you never heard of dual nationality? I'm of Polish origin, born & educated in Britain, but made the error of moving to Poland back in the 1990s, back to my roots so to speak. First year or two was OK, a novelty even, but then reality began to sink in.
As I said before, I now believe moving to Poland has been the most serious error I've ever made in my life... and I've made a few. (Such as wasting my time posting on this board it seems...)