10 Happiest Countries in the World from 2010 to 2014

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No matter which part of the world you are living in, you have probably looked around you at some point in time and wondered how it feels to live in another land. Does the country that one lives in affect how happy one can be? Wouldn’t it be interesting if we can compare across the globe and discover the common underlying conditions that bring about happiness in the world? Thanks to the World Happiness Report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on April 23, we now have a clearer picture of happiness at the global scale.

Over the past few years from 2010 to 2014, comparison of a large range of data gave a comprehensive ranking of countries in order of happiness level. Below is a summary of the countries that made it to the top 10 in the years studied. It is notable that these 10 countries made it to the top among 156 countries from 2010 to 2012 and among 158 countries from 2012 to 2014.

2010 to 2012

1. Denmark
2. Norway
3. Switzerland
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. Austria
9. Iceland
10. Australia

2012 to 2014

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

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With the exception of Austria and New Zealand, the rest of the other 8 countries all made it to top 10 regularly from 2010 to 2014. Pretty cool if you ask me. Imagine you could ask a local in those countries about their lives. What can we learn from these countries? Loads its seems from the World Happiness Report. Among many factors that were studied and listed as contributors to a happy country, the following are the key ones that stood out in the study:

Freedom of life choices

Whether the people are satisfied with their freedom to choose what they want to do in their life affects how happy they can be in their home country. A country where citizens can make their own life choices more freely seems to encourage greater happiness.

GDP per capita

The general affluence of the people in a country does have an impact on their happiness too. A healthy level of purchasing power of the population tends to have links with the happiness level as basic necessities are met.

Social support

One aspect that shaped the country’s happiness is whether people have someone to count on in times of trouble such as in the event of critical illness, setbacks, loss of kin or financial woes. This may come in the form of having relatives or friends around for support.

Generosity

The influence on happiness also depends on a more altruistic part of the people, which is whether they have contributed back to society through charitable work, donations or other forms of help. This gives the sense of fulfillment of doing greater good.

 

Wow! Now that we have a better clarity on the secrets behind those countries with more happy people, it does seem more encouraging in our pursuit for happiness, doesn’t it? These are countries that we can perhaps research more on to learn from them and hopefully imbibe some of their cultures or practices that are beneficial to our lives. It might even be on our list of next destinations for our travel plans!

 

Find this article useful? You may also like to read the following article on “4 Secret Substances That Influence Our Happiness“.