Disneyland may be “the happiest place on Earth,” but I’d take one of these countries over giant costumed characters any day.
Wall Street Cheat Sheet shared their 10 Happiest Countries in the World with us. And we are very happy to share them with you.
1. Costa Rica
According to the Travel Channel, Costa Rica is the happiest country on Earth. With no military, an average life expectancy of 79.3 and beautiful surroundings, what can you expect but pure bliss?
“Norwegians have the second highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living; 95% percent say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74 percent say other people can be trusted,” NBC News says.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a survey in 2013, which took a look at happiness in countries, and Denmark was the winner. In a country where people care a lot about biking and not so much about money, it’s no wonder they’re all smiles (and calves).
Thailand may be the “Land of Smiles”, but Vietnam takes the cake for the happiest Asian country. Factors include serene beaches, amazing food, and people who truly appreciate what they have. Hmmm… sounds nice!
Oh, Canada. Is it any surprise that some of the friendliest people on the planet are also the happiest? They make good money (high average income), live long lives, and actually enjoy the cold winter weather!
Apparently great coffee and a slew of national holidays keep the Colombians happy, according to The Travel Channel.
7. The Netherlands
The Dutch seem to have achieved that much sought after work-life balance. Also helps to have a strong job market.
Wouldn’t you constantly be happy if you were surrounded by the largest barrier reef in the world, a relaxed Caribbean lifestyle, and a somewhat perfect climate?
Swedes are quite satisfied with their lives, with 85% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones, according to the OECD.
10. El Salvador
“Even though this country is overshadowed by neighboring Guatemala and Mexico as a hot tourist destination, locals are content with what they have: friendly neighbors, hearty comfort food like yummy pupusas and chicharron, and under-the-radar beaches,” says the Travel Channel.