Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Top Ten Happiest Countries in the World

Studies are being done to locate the places in the world where it's residents are the happiest and most content with their lives. A report done not too long ago by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (wow that's a mouthful!) gathered a list of what countries across the world are concluded to be the happiest places to live. The study was ranked based off of six different aspects, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make choices, GDP per capita, social support, perceptions on generosity, and perceptions on corruption. 

Do you think you can guess which countries ranked in the top ten? 

If your guess for number one was Denmark, then you are correct! Denmark was off the charts in their responses for all six categories- these must be some seriously happy people! 

Ranked second was Norway.
Third? Switzerland.
Fourth was the Netherlands.
Coming in fifth was Sweden- I'm sensing a trend here!
Sixth place was our neighbors up in Canada!
Seven was Finland, followed by Austria for eighth. 
Ninth place was Iceland, something that didn't come as a surprise to me based off of the things I've heard about the country.
And finally tenth for happiest country in the world was one of my favorite places- Australia!

The World Happiness Reports are a part of a growing development called Gross National Happiness, or GNH. The movement calls for governments and political figures to let go of some of the pressure and emphasis put on becoming the most successful country from an economic stand point, and instead turn some of the attention towards making their country successful through high levels of the population's overall well being. It has been an idea in the making since it was first proposed by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bhutan's former King, but during the last few years the concept has been getting an increasing amount of attention- as I think it should be! 

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