Any person who loves to travel or wants to be immersed in the natural beauty of a place, must have at least once thought of going to the beautiful countries of Europe. The most fortunate of the people actually live here. Why are they fortunate you might be thinking? Well, that is because they are the HAPPIEST!
Among the Top Ten Happiest Countries, 7 are from Europe, so we can safely say that Europe is the ‘Happiest Continent of the World.’ The World Happiness Report is a landmark report which tells the world about the state of global happiness. The report which gets published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network saw its latest unveiling on 20th March, 2017. This has been the fifth time that a World Happiness Report has been published, and this time around, the happiest country is Norway.
Norway took the first position and Denmark, which has won the title three out of five times, came second. Next up were- Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand. There was a tie for the ninth position between Sweden and Australia. The main factors which were taken into consideration to gauge the level of happiness among people were- caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. According to the report, “All of the other countries in the top ten also have high values in all six of the key variables used to explain happiness differences among countries and through time – income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust, with the latter measured by the absence of corruption in business and government.”
We were wondering what exactly do people do in most of these countries, that they are the happiest? Obviously, governance and administration play a major role, but the habits of people also make a big difference is deciding their level of happiness. We found some things which were common in most of these countries and wanted to share with you. So, here we go-
1.An active lifestyle
To think about it, this one really is a no-brainer, for we all know that by exercising, we all stay fit and also happy. But, that’s the catch here; people in Denmark and Switzerland love to commute by bikes or by walking to where ever they mostly want to go. That’s right! They don’t technically call it an exercise, but have indeed taken to walking and cycling as something they do to go to their workplace, or to meet friends or to just have a fun time.
2. The cold weather
Although, you may be wondering who in the world likes to stay in almost freezing temperatures, but it is because of the cold weather that people provide greater mutual support to each other to survive the harsh weather conditions. All this leads to a greater feeling of being a part of a community which is always ready to help its people and that security in the community makes people happier in the long run.
3. Appreciation of natural beauty
As the people of these countries like to commute through walking and cycling, they get more chances of being surrounded by nature and according to some researches, green spaces and happiness are interlinked. Being close to nature leads to an increase in the cognitive abilities and also reduces anxiety and stress. And guess what, you don’t even need to go out to far away places to feel fresh, as even a stroll in the park would give you the same benefits.
4. Quality time with loved ones
We have already told you that the sense of belonging to a community is quite strong in most of these countries, and this obviously means that people like to spend time with family and friends. And if you are someone who has ever spent some quality time with your loved ones, we really don’t need elaborate more on why and how it increases our happiness!
5. Turning off technology
Yes, that is actually done by people and yes that creates a happy space in our minds too. The direct effects of spending time in nature and with loved ones obviously leaves less time to be wasted on technology. Turning off technology leaves us with more energy and enthusiasm to do the things that actually matter more in life.
According to us, all this makes too much sense and we are surely more inspired to do the things that we can from this list to make our lives happier. What about you? Would you meet or talk to a friend than watch TV? Would you take up cycling as a way to commute or at least incorporate exercising as one of the most integral parts of the day?? Tell us in the comments section below how would you increase your happiness!