Why the wealthiest countries aren’t always the happiest


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Finland ranked first in the 2018 World Happiness Report, attributed to its people’s trust in national systems and a healthy work-life balance. 
The happiest countries, the WHR consistently finds, don’t perfectly line up with the wealthiest ones.
The US dropped four spots to No. 18 in this year’s report, in part because of weakening social support systems.
Over the past few decades, policymakers and businesses are increasingly looking to measures of well-being as an indicator of progress.

“Happiness is having your own summer cottage and a potato field.”

Or at least that’s how a Finnish saying defines happiness. And the Finns are clearly onto something with Finland ranking first in the 2018 World Happiness Report (WHR) released in March, although their ranking likely has more to do with trust in national systems and a healthy work-life balance than potatoes and cottages.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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