A list of the happiest countries in the world were ranked by the World Happiness Report, and the findings are pretty surprising.
In 2017, the happiest country is Norway, and the country’s residents are a 7.5 out of 10, meaning their overall mood is above average. How do Norwegians fare so well?
Security plays a major role. “The Nordic countries have among the most generous social safety nets. There are also generous social support programs, and another factor, of course, is the economy. Overall, Norway is pretty wealthy,” an article reports.
Norwegians live in a country that cares.
The benefits at their disposal, like “higher education [and] high-quality health services,” relieve the emotional and financial pressure of Norwegian families. The country places a heavy importance on the happiness and health of mothers and children, in particular.
“New parents in Norway are eligible for nearly a year of leave with pay,” an article states.
Norway sounds like a paradise, right?
The country provides their citizens with education, healthcare, and paid leave. Norway even has an abundance of oil, a very lucrative and coveted natural resource.
Norway has no problems, not even the country’s climate poses a threat.
While the country can be very dark and cold, Norway’s cities, like Tromsø, can produce a doozy of a winter. “Tromsø is so far north that from late November to late January, the sun never climbs above the horizon,” according to Kari Leibowitz. The months of darkness would lead people to worry about the mental health of Norwegians. How can they be happy in such a bleak environment?
Norwegians can regulate their mood with their mindset.
“People view winter as something to be enjoyed, not something to be endured. There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing,” Leibowitz says.
Norway may not be California, but the country’s still sunnier than any other state.