THE 2015 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy. The United Nations published the first study in 2012.
According to the 2015 report, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia are in order the top 10 happiest countries in the world.
Academics identified the variables as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.
I was raised in Canada have lived in New Zealand and have made Australia my home for more than 20 years.
I feel very privileged to have been born and raised in first world countries. I also feel an obligation to give back, because while I have never been wealthy I have also never gone without.
The rights we have to health care, education and freedom come from the simple luck of where we were born. If you come from a first world country you are lucky. It’s as simple as that. We are lucky to not have to fight for survival or for basic freedoms simply because we won the life lottery and were born in or able to make our lives in countries where our basic needs are met.
I draw on this fact whenever I am down because happiness is something we chose after all. Of course we all have ups and downs and do not all live equally or in a state of ongoing euphoria and without real hardships.
However, we have been given the best opportunity right from the beginning to find happiness and make ourselves a productive and enjoyable life simply because of where we are raised and able to live.