World's Happiest Countries 2013

Jan 21, 2013 -

Be Happy in these Countries

People say happiness comes from within or at least about 90% of it. After we have our basic necessities such as food, a decent home, clothes, material possessions only incrementally help improve our happiness. We've heard this about happiness before. This isn't new. But what about the 10% that depends on "external circumstances"?

Forbes ranked the world's happiest countries. Guess where the United States ranked? 12th on the list. This is not bad, but consider the top ten below.

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

Why are these countries ranked in the top ten in "happiness"? The criterion they used to rank these countries include GDP, welfare benefits, redistribution of wealth, few restrictions on capital or labor, personal freedom, entrepreneurship & opportunity.

What if you don't live in these countries? Well good thing 90% of happiness comes from within!
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