The World Happiness Report for 2017 was recently released, giving the world some insight as to where their country is ranked in smiles.
Before the grand unveil, I wanted to simply say that happiness, as shown by the results of this study and the years before it, is not the lump sum of how much money you have in your hand but an intermingling of social, emotional, and health-based components.
So without further ado, here are the ten happiest countries in the world 2017.
In 1893, this was the first nation in the world to have universal suffrage. New Zealand was also one of the first places in the world to have its three governing positions held by women.
There is also not a single nuclear arms station in New Zealand, primarily pays for everything with plastic, and allows for homosexual marriage. There is also a lot of natural beauty, and Kiwis (the people, not the fruit) always find the time to rest and relax throughout the day.
9. AustraliaAussies are known for their amazing accents, love of rugby, and Crocodile Dundee. But there is more to the island continent than you may realize. Australia is a booming environment of exotic flora and fauna that is loved and cultivated.
Colonials and Aboriginals now work together to preserve the history of both peoples, while staying eco-friendly throughout the country’s growth. Homicide is low, and universal hospital access is free.
10. SwedenNo, IKEA and Swedish meatballs are not this country’s pride and glory, though everyone loves IKEA. Sweden is a land of creativity, music, and seasonal celebrations that let workers get together with family and friends for much-deserved relaxation.
The outdoors are thus prized and cherished. The country is even endeavoring the cut off fossil fuel usage. The Swedish also love coffee and the little moments surrounding it, called fika.
So which countries did we not see? The ones making the headlines! Why is it that the most developed, wealthy countries are not happy?
Again, the answer lies in what I said previously: happiness is not directly correlated to how well of you are in finances. Give a man ten dollars, and he will be happy for a meal. Give a man a home and family, and he will be happy for life.