The World Happiness Report is an annual report that ranks the countries of the world based on their happiness. This year at the top of the list is none other than Norway! Following closely after Norway the next four countries on the list are Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. Are we noticing a trend? Little ol’ New Zealand is actually not doing too badly at number eight. Most importantly, we’re beating Australia but only just – they come in at number nine.
The World Happiness Report was first published in 2012 and since then has come a long way. Now, happiness and well-being are considered and taken seriously as factors that relate to many things such as social progress. The main factors that contribute to ‘happiness’ in the report are: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. So it will be interesting to see how America fares over the coming years…
The key findings that came out of the report (yes, it is more than just a list of countries ranked by happiness) were that; people in China are no happier than 25 years ago, much of Africa is struggling, and happiness has fallen in America. I realise that none of these are super surprising but it does make you think.
I guess what we can all take away from this is that we’re pretty lucky to be living in New Zealand, all things considered. But there is always room for improvement. And if you really do just want an easy fix to be happier maybe moving to one of those lovely Scandinavian/Northern European countries is the answer. Could it be that simple?
To see the full report you can download it the World Happiness Report website. There’s a lot of information on there but it’s explained in an engaging and interesting way!