Stinkstiefel: If you are grouchy and spreading bad vibes all the time, Germans will call you a “stinky boot”

Literally: “stinky boot” / meaning: someone who is always grumpy 

Once again, it’s time to dispel a cliché. Many people think that Germany is a nation of grumpy sourpusses. A nation of bad-tempered grouches who rarely ever smile and who spend most of their free time complaining about their neighbor. True Stinkstiefel, in other words.

According to a new study, the story about the mood of Germans may have to be rewritten. After all, the annual “World Happiness Report” ranks Germany at 7th place among the happiest nations: behind their neighbors Holland and Switzerland, but ahead of some sunny side nations like Australia and New Zealand. What makes Germans so happy? Well, perhaps it’s the fact that, unlike many other nations, they don’t even try to hide their occasional “stinkiness” behind a pained smile. 

This makes true happiness feel all the more meaningful when it comes. But maybe it’s just because they never have to go far to get a nice and cold Warsteiner.



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