What’s wrong, Canada?
The United Nations released its World Happiness Report this week, and there was a noticeable change: Our country was not among the top five contenders. We dropped to sixth place, which, while still a very respectable score, was a little surprising. After all, it’s Roll Up The Rim season, spring is on the horizon and we just had one of the most mild winters on record. Is the UN actually trying to tell us that we were happier last year, when we were digging ourselves out from the polar vortex?
To come up with these rankings, the UN circulates a survey that asks people how satisfied they are with their life as it currently stands. Researchers then compare that information to other variables like life expectancy, the freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, GDP, social support and so forth, so that they can zero in on what is making certain groups of people happier than others.
This year, Denmark took the top spot. And while Canada came in at sixth place, we can still take some comfort knowing that the U.S. is all that way down at number 13.
Here are the top 10 countries on the report:
- New Zealand
For more information on the report, check out the video above.