The World Happiness Report has been unveiled, and Canada has rounded out the top five. The report, conducted by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, came to its conclusions based on how individuals evaluated their own lives.
Basically, the United Nations used the Cantril Scale to determine values – what that means is, people were asked to imagine their best life, and then they were asked to rate their present life on a scale from 0 to 10 as it relates to their idealized world.
As you may expect, the report found that money has something to do with happiness. One of the greatest determining factors of happiness came from a country’s economic stability, in addition to other needs like a high life expectancy, freedom and a lack of government wrongdoing.
While Canada placed fifth in the world, the United States placed 15th. We thought we’d look into why that is, so here are eight reasons why Canada is happier than the United States:
Canada is the fifth happiest country in the world, but where’s the U.S.?
Reason #1: Free HealthcareIt's free. Sure, Canadians may have to wait a while, but it's free. Thinkstock
Reason #2: NudityNudity is allowed on Canadian television between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., while in the States, it's 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. That one extra hour seems to really make us cheery. Thinkstock
Reason #3: British ChocolateSome say chocolate is better than sex, and while we love sex, we looooove chocolate. Canadians can buy British chocolate whenever they like, while the U.S. was recently banned from selling it. Jolly Goods
Reason #4: Gay MarriageSame-sex marriage has been legal in Canada on a federal level since 2005, while the United States hasn't accepted same-sex marriages nation-wide.Getty Images
Reason #5: Celine DionBeloved Celine Dion may have her place in Las Vegas, but she'll forever be in Canada's heart. She'll come home, she always does. Getty Images
Reason #6: PoutineCanadians have one up on America in the poutine department, because we know the secret to delicious bliss: squeaky curds. Getty Images
Reason #7: No More CracksSure, Toronto was the butt of a lot of jokes when Rob Ford was a mayor with a crack scandal, but now who's laughing? We are. Getty Images
Reason #8: Girl PowerWhile we're super excited to hear Hilary Clinton is gunning for POTUS, we'd like to remind the United States that we had a woman in office in... 1993. Sure, Kim Campbell didn't last long as Prime Minister, but we saw her as an option even then. Getty Images