The 2012 World Happiness Report, commissioned for the United Nations to understand the state of happiness in the world, was just released last week, and is it no wonder that the top spots are held by Nordic countries?
Having lived in Sweden, I got spend a lot of time learning about Scandinavian culture, government, and daily life… and I have to say, the worst thing about the region is probably its cold weather — if you can manage that, it’s pretty much as close to utopia as you can get!
Here are the top 20 Happiest Countries:
8. New Zealand
12. Costa Rica
17. United Arab Emirates
18. United Kingdom
Incidentally, if you’re interested in the subject of happiness AND you love to travel, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search For The Happiest Places On Earth. It was a hilarious and engaging read as you follow the author’s candid accounts as he talks to locals in the happiest countries on earth as well as in the saddest country on earth all with the intent of trying to figure out what makes a place happier than another — what a great excuse to travel, right? I wish I had thought of that!