How happy are you? Check out if you are living in one of these happiest countries

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Charles Spurgeon once said ‘It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.’ Most of us probably don’t believe we need a formal definition of happiness; we know it when we feel it. Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering the happiness in policy making. Every year, the World Happiness Index surveys numerous people from various countries around the globe in search of the happiest country, the country which has the happiest population.

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The report takes into account the GDP per capita, equality, life expectancy, perceptions of corruption, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness. This year, for the first time, the World Happiness Report gives a special role to the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions.

According to The World Happiness Report 2016, Denmark, closely followed by Switzerland, is the happiest country in the world while crisis-torn Syria and Burundi are the most miserable, according to the report. The United States ranked 13th in overall happiness, while  India was ranked 118th in the list, down one slot from last year on the index.

Here is a list of top 10 happiest countries in the world.

1. Denmark

The title of the happiest country in the world once again goes to the Scandinavian country, which has now held the distinction in three of the four editions of the World Happiness Report. Denmark, which was ranked first in the 2013 version of the report, but lost that honor to Switzerland in 2015, this year regained the title of ‘world’s happiest country,’ knocking Switzerland into second place. A combination of a relatively high GDP, good healthy life expectancy and high levels of social support gave the country its edge over the other nations.

2. Switzerland

Switzerland is home to one of the world’s most thriving economies and also one of the happiest populations on the globe. Switzerland ranked second in the list for it’s healthy GDP figures, strong social bonds and an increasing life expectancy.

3. Iceland

Iceland’s small population, barely 320,000, may help explain why this close-knit society ranked No. 3 in the world for the feeling that citizens could count on friends and neighbors for support.

4. Norway

Norway topped the list for freedom of residents to live the lives they please. In Norway, it’s quite common for people to paint each other’s houses, even though they can all afford to pay to have their houses painted, they go out of their way to help each other, and it becomes a social event, and those events are enormously supportive of well-being.

5. Finland

Sandwiched between the Baltic Sea, Sweden and Russia, citizens of Finland ranked their society highly in freedom from corruption and freedom to live the lives they choose.

6. Canada

Canadians’ perception of their well-being placed them sixth among the world’s nations. A large proportion of Canadians felt that they had great personal freedom to live life the way they want.

7. Netherlands

The Dutch placed themselves seventh in the world in how they perceive their own well-being, and scored high in terms of GDP per capita, social support and charitable giving.

8. New Zealand

New Zealand, where the famous ‘Lords Of Rings’ movie trilogy was filmed, is the 8th happiest country in the world.

9. Australia

Australians ranked ninth in the world in a slew of categories: life expectancy, support of friends and relatives, charitable giving and perceived freedom.

10. Sweden

Sweden is the 10th happiest country, according to the world Happiness Index Report. Already offering plenty to entertain the curious visitors, Sweden has consistently ended up high in this kind of lists for decades, thanks to relatively strong social support, affluence and comparatively honest and accountable governments.

Happiness is nothing but a state of mind. There is only one way to happiness and that is to stop worrying about things which are beyond the power of your will. The happiest people take a long-term view of life rather than allowing themselves to be caught up in the turmoil and the details of each day. So stop worrying and start living a happier life.


Kakoli Mahanta

A post graduate in Economics, Kakoli Partha Mahanta worked for corporate finance sector for about 7 years. Mother of a cute 2 year baby girl, Kakoli is currently located in Bangalore, India, flourishing her writing skill.

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