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USA misses Top 10 countries in happiness rating

Is happiness really all that? It depends on how you define it.

The business writers at 24/7 Wall St. have modified a new "Better Life" index, with its multiple measures including "life satisfaction," and added their own economic and political measures. The result is a Top 10 happy countries list that doesn't include the USA.


Given our current malaise about the economy, and our long-standing sense of rampant individualism, is it any surprise that an index that gives high scores for the cultural concept of a social safety net leaves the USA out of the top ranking?

Among the top findings, folks doing the happiness dance live in places where they...:

... Get loads of social services without having to work too hard. Having abundant natural resources, a thriving services sector and a fairly homogeneous population helps as well.

... support employment, education and make health care widely available.

... have a good balance of work and leisure time.

So that explains why you see No. 6 Sweden where folks don't seem to break a sweat, but not the workaholic folks of Japan and South Korea. Economics and instability rule out Latin America, southern and eastern Europe, Asia and much of the Middle East. The out-lier here is Israel, weighing in at No. 9 on the strength of its score for "household wealth" despite some fairly low life satisfaction scores.

So who's happiest?

The Ten Countries With The Happiest People, "most of which have bought and paid for prosperity because their economies have allowed them to do so," begins with No. 1 Denmark and continues in order of rank to Canada, Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Israel and Austria.

The Danish are always topping such lists despite not having the highest scores in many areas. However, they note, this is a country where folks all think someone's got their back:

Danes have one of the strongest senses of friendship and community, with 97 percent reporting they had someone other than a family member that they could rely on. Danish culture and government policy is one of the most leisure-friendly. Denmark's citizens spend more than 16 hours each week on leisure time, the second-highest rate in the OECD. The government also subsidizes a full year of maternity leave.

Note -- no mention of religion or spirituality here. Does God or faith or spirituality have an influence on happiness?


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And for a thumbnail look at Urantia Book teachings on happiness, click HERE

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