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Smile! These are officially the 20 happiest countries

Sure, there’s lots of yodeling to make you happy in Switzerland. There’s also things like this: a marching band plays during the annual Fasching parade in Zurich. Fasching is the Swiss version of Mardi Gras.
Sure, there’s lots of yodeling to make you happy in Switzerland. There’s also things like this: a marching band plays during the annual Fasching parade in Zurich. Fasching is the Swiss version of Mardi Gras. TMS

A press release yesterday from the Trinidad & Tobago publicist billed their country, off the coast of Guyana, touted T&T as the happiest nation in the Caribbean for the second year in a row.

Oh, really? Well, maybe.

But what was more interesting is that this finding was based on the “World Happiness Report” released last weekend by the United Nationls Sustainable Development Solutions. I linked to the report and among 158 nations, Trinidad & Tobago came in 41st.

The list, about 20-some pages into the report, was fascinating.

The actual full report, however, is the perfect cure for anyone suffering from insomnia – it’s a weighty tome worthy of Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink Jr., whose nerdy verbiage has long been a joy on “The Simpsons.” Start to finish, the report’s detailing is so dense that you could crush a walnut just by placing it between, say, pages 44 and 45.

But enough. The cut-to-the-chase rankings are the result of the researchers weighing GDP per capita, sucial support, healthy life expectancy, “freedom to make life choices,” generosity, perception of corruption, dystopia (the rottenness of society) and internal confidence.

And here are the happiest 20 countries according to the report:

1. Switzerland

2. Iceland

3. Denmark

4. Norway

5. Canada

6. Finland

7. The Netherlands

8. Sweden

9. New Zealand

10. Australia

11. Israel

12. Costa Rica

13. Austria

14. Mexico

15. United States

16. Brazil

17. Luxembourg

18. Ireland

19. Belgium

20. United Arab Emirate

The 24/7 cable news channels in America are always in a boo-bird scare cycle – that has to make us less happy. That said, there has been turmoil in and near the countries ranked No. 11 through 20 in the list.

But are residents of Mexico actually happier than folks in the United States? Is Canada higher on the list because smiles are frozen into place every fall through spring? Don’t they watch the same cable news channels we get?

This list provides much to think about – including, perhaps, where you want to get your passport stamped next.

Smile.

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