World Happiness Day

Did you know that there is actually an annual worldwide report to ascertain which countries are the happiest? It is true, and the results are revealed in the World Happiness Report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations and celebrated on World Happiness Day! That is a mouthful of happiness! Norway took the top spot in 2017 but lost out to Finland in 2018 by dropping to 2nd place, followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

The report ranks the eligible countries on six key variables supporting well-being, including income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.”The top five countries all have almost equally high values for the six factors found to support happiness, and four of these countries — Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland — have been in first place in the six World Happiness Report rankings since the first report,” said report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia.(CNN Travel).

The Top Ten remains similar year after year. The Netherlands came in sixth place in 2018, followed by Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The Top Ten are the same as 2017, but they just changed places, with no new entries this year. The United States of America dropped 4 more spots from 2017 to finish in 18th place. Other world powers that did not do well include Russia (59th), Germany (15th) Japan (54th) and China (86th).

What does World Happiness Day mean to you? We at say – Be the energy you want to attract! Happiness is not a simple goal. Being happy often means continually finding satisfaction, contentment, a feeling of joy, and a sense that your life is meaningful while handling a myriad of day to day problems. Nobody is jubilant all the time, but some individuals are definitelymore happy than others. Many studies have revealed that happiness has little to do with possessions or comfort — so what is it about? A sense of well-being creates happiness, and it is good for your health, so what can we do to reach this personal goal?

Start by making your own contributions to spread happiness to the people around you each day. Learn not to depend on others (or your country and government) to supply the happiness you seek in your life.Instead, try meditation, humming a tune and make small eventsand everyday tasks into appreciated experiences. Try prayer, yoga, Tai Chi, and deeper spiritual reflection which all help to change an area of your brain called the insula. The insula has increasingly become the focus of scientific attention for its role in body representation and subjective emotional experiences, such as empathy and understanding the people and situations around you.

Bruce Lee famously said, “Never let negative thoughts enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” You have more control than you think when it comes to being happy and confident. Perhaps on World Happiness Day, March 20th and beyond, we can all take a moment to do our part in spreading some joy. Who knows! We might even be able to make a difference!

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