Happy Countries

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Denmark is the most happy and Zimbabwe is the least happy country as determined by the latest survey from the World Values Survey.  According to MSNBC, the survey has been conducted since 1981 and asks two questions “Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, not at all happy?” And, “All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?”  The top happiest countries in order are:

Happiest Countries:

  1. Denmark
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Colombia
  4. Northern Ireland
  5. Iceland
  6. Switzerland
  7. Ireland
  8. the Netherlands
  9. Canada
  10. Sweden

The United States ranked 16th.  The results were gathered from survey 350,000 people.

Geography of Bliss

What makes different people in different countries happy?  Eric Weiner takes on this task in his travelogue “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World.”  As Eric Weiner explains in the opening of his book, he took off on a world journey to, “I hoped, find some happiness along the way. I’ve always believed that happiness is just around the corner. The trick is finding the right corner.”

The book takes the reader through ten of the happiest and least happiest places one earth in an attempt to tweak out what makes people happy. 

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