6th? C’mon. We can do better than that!
Every year (beginning in 2012) a group of experts releases a World Happiness Report, which is in support of the High Level Meeting at the United Nations on happiness and well-being, chaired by the Prime Minister of Bhutan. The report is always released near March 20th which is World Happiness Day.
The findings are based on the following factors.
1. Healthy years of life expectancy (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble)
2. Trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business)
3. Perceived freedom to make life decisions
4. Generosity (as measured by recent donations)
5. Differences in social support
7. Healthy life expectancy
8. International differences in positive and negative emotions (affect)
In a study of 157 countries, Canada ranked sixth. Denmark was number one, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland. Not bad. But we can do better! What do you think Canada needs to do to get to #1?
P.S. I’ll tell you number 157, because I know you’re curious. It is Burundi. Number 156 is Syria, which I was sure would be last but I was wrong. To see the full report, click here.