Monday, September 20, 2010

How Happy Are You?

I just finished reading Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. (Subtitle: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World.) Weiner is an NPR correspondent who has traveled extensively. His book is interesting, informative, entertaining, and funny. I recommend it highly. Did you know that Bhutan measures Gross National Happiness? According to the World Database of Happiness, the U.S. only ranks #23 out of all the countries of the world. High scorers are more apt to be cold, rather than warm, countries. At the top? Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Costa Rica, and Iceland!

Creativity is a factor in happiness. So is trust of your fellow human beings, reasonable (dare I say low) expectations, acceptance of failure, strong ties with family and friends, and enough money to meet basic needs.

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