I'm asking because I simply don't know and have never lived in a 3rd world country. If I've never been there, I've no experience and if I don't get an answer, I would stay unknowing. Yes, I know not everyone in 3rd world countries are poor and some can be rich. I'm talking about the most extreme cases here; people living either like people in North-Korea, in wars, refugee camps, slums and similar. People who can't live comfortable lives, have little to no education, works a lot, have little food, are sick etc.
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You're perhaps thinking about life from a place of privilege--a first world way of thinking. If you start out with the basics of food/water/education/malls/police/clean housing/relative safety--it becomes difficult to understand how someone could be happy or functional without those things on a regular basis, but if all you ever knew was a 3rd world life of destitution or living in a war zone, than what is important and valuable to you, may be vastly different. That person may value a day where their bones don't ache vs. free pizza in the quad, or going 2 hours without hearing an explosion. If you look around you, and there are people just like you, all going through the same thing, the struggles in poverty, hunger, lack of education, war, etc, that is normal to you even if you have an understanding that there is "a better life" somewhere else. It does no good to completely just focus on the what ifs and dreams if your current reality is just being in survival mode because you have to be or else you die.
Most people on this earth want to live, and many, to create life, and still more to find some form of happiness. They will want that whether in a prison camp or a Posh apartment in NYC. One's motivations and how that is accomplished depend on your circumstances. Happiness for them is perhaps finding something edible in the streets, and that is the motivation that keeps them going because that allows them to keep moving, and living, with the omnipresent possibility that just maybe somehow, tomorrow may be a better day.