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Lykkelig! Danes Top List As Happiest in a Happier World

The world is happier — thanks to economic growth, democracy, and social tolerance, according to the World Values Study. The findings contradicted the assumption that regardless of changing variables, happiness remains constant.

The researchers credit relative quality of life improvements for the global rise in happiness; for example, low-income societies like China experienced economic growth while developed societies saw a rise in equality and tolerance. Denmark is currently the happiest country and Zimbabwe takes last place. Check out the pictures bellow of the happy Danes.

World Naked Biking Day in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Happy marriage? Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie of Denmark at May wedding.


Denmark outsources their happy artists to NYC.

Happy on the royal yacht.

The United States ranks 16th. To find out which countries beat the US,


Residents in Puerto Rico, Columbia, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, and New Zealand all report higher rates of life satisfaction than those living in the US. What about you? How would you answer the researchers' question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?


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annebreal annebreal 9 years
Since it's subjective and self-assessing I'm not sure how much water this study holds but it's interesting. Doesn't surprise me we're not in the top 10 either.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
to me happiness is a choice. :-)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I think happiness is an interesting concept and it is pretty nuanced. For me, happiness is not wanting what other people have. Just being satisfied and grateful for what I have. I think it's easy to fall into a trap where you just want more and more and then you're really never happy, no matter what you have.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I'll be situated very close to Copenhagen from September on, so maybe I'll be happier! But really, Danes are very easygoing. And they love their brew and food. Kind of like hobbits. But taller.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I am happier having seen the girl on the bike ;)
margokhal margokhal 9 years
I'd like to see this study. "Happiness" is very subjective. And satisfaction doesn't necessarily translate into happiness. Personally, I like my life as a whole, but it could definitely be better. I appreciate what I have, though. Content is probably a better word. If that top picture is from Denmark, it's no wonder they're happy! =D
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That chick on the bicycle sure looks happy!
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
I once learned that "happiness" is based on happenings but that true joy comes from within. So, who is more joyful, more appreciative, more content? You?
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