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The the first ever United Nations World Happiness Report, commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness (mandated by the UN General Assembly) ranked Denmark at the top of the happiness scale, ahead of Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Canada.

At the individual level, good mental and physical health, someone to count on, job security and stable families are crucial. On the social level, political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption were important factors in predicting happiness.

Now one should always be careful to draw rash conclusions, but it does give us some food for thought… It’s obvious is that being especially poor or religious does not get you to the top of this list. The top 10 happiest nations are all wealthy and pretty much a bunch of heathens (and relative to the USA which is not in the top 10, the same holds for Canada). In the words of John Lennon: “Imagine all the people…”

Top 10 happiest nations on the planet:

1. Denmark
2. Finland
3. Norway
4. Netherlands
5. Canada
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Australia
10. Ireland

This report reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.
Do you think happiness (as measured in this report) is important? Do you think this kind of research is important? I do.

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