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The happiest places in world you should visit

Everybody is happy when they travel—for leisure, anyway, business travel can be stressful—and everybody wants to visit places where the natives are friendly and happy, too. Who wants to go visit the foreign version of Grumpy Gus? We’ve probably heard it from fellow travelers: “Interesting place to visit, but the people weren’t very friendly.”

            Well, when people are happy, they’re generally friendly to each other and to visitors, especially because the visitors bring their credit cards. So, where are the happiest places in the world? Laura Williams, a writer for Men’s Health magazine, decided to find out. She consulted sociologists and psychologists about what it is that creates happiness in different countries. Here are some of the happiest places she found:

Finland. Finns tend to subscribe to the Nordic philosophy of “lagom,” or “just the right amount.” Finland topped the UN’s 2021 World Happiness Report, in large part because they embrace the idea that if your basic needs are met, there’s no great drive to strive for more, which makes happiness and contentment more attainable.

Bhutan. This small Himalayan nation actually tracks its people’s Gross National Happiness, covering nine factors ranging from the environment to personal health. Bhutan has indigenous beliefs in harmony and balance, within oneself, the community and with nature, and self-development through spirituality. Meditation and deep breathing are largely adopted as regular health practices.

Norway. Another Scandinavian country high on the list (#8 on the UN report), Norwegians have long been dedicated to spending time outdoors. The government even sponsors “libraries” for renting outdoor gear. There’s a reason that Norway regularly dominates the Winter Olympics.

Iceland. When you live on a small island with not too many people, you tend to know just about everybody, and that hopefully leads to strong friendships. Ninety-eight percent of Icelanders say they know someone they could rely on in time of need.

Paraguay. Gallup published a Positive Experience Index in 2019, and Paraguay is the most positive country in the world. One reason is that Paraguayans tend to smile more than anybody, and we all know that a friendly smile goes a long way, both in the giving and the receiving.

Israel. One of the Middle East’s smallest countries dominates the region not just because of its military and economic strength, but because of its happiness. One study credits a lot of this to the average Israeli’s consumption of fruits and vegetables and reliance on homemade meals. We all know how much better we feel after a good home-cooked meal as opposed to fast-food takeout, and Israel has embraced this concept, with many stores selling nothing but fresh produce.

South Africa. For a country that has had so much upheaval in recent generations, South Africa seems to be finding its groove. Its happiness ratings are on the rise, possibly due to the national spirit of “ubutu,” or the concept of “I am because we are.” South Africans are very family-oriented, which leads to closer identification with one’s clan and community. They realize that diminishing the dignity of others leads to diminishing the dignity of yourself.

When the UN updated its World Happiness Report this year, researchers found that even in a time of lingering pandemic concerns, climate change and a major war in Europe, there are bright spots. Those problems have led to an increase in social concern and benevolence, indicating that we think that while times might be tough, they can get better, if we work together. The top five countries on the 2022 list: Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Canadians appear to be more unhappy than last year, falling from 5th to 15th. And where are we? Despite everything, we’re getting happier: the United States moved up from 19th to 16th.

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