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Norway Unseats Denmark as World’s Happiest Country: Report

Of all the places in the world, the Nordic countries are the most content and, according to Reuters, Norway is the happiest country of all. Canada, New Zealand and Australia also made the top 10 for happy living. The U.S. is No. 14. The determination was made by measuring countries’ per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.

There’s no question that happiness is good for your health. From promoting a healthy heart to lowering inflammation that leads to chronic disease, studies show that positive psychological well-being puts you on track for a healthier life.

But what do you do when things are beyond your control — such as gross domestic product and corruption in government or business? The answer lies within yourself. “How” to be happy doesn’t have to be an elusive goal. Part of the problem may be rooted in your concept of happiness. If you rate your level of happiness as being low, consider reevaluating your notion of happiness.

Therefore, changing your beliefs, not worrying about things you cannot control and accepting reality are all happiness-boosting strategies. Case in point: Wisdom of the ancients dictate that events are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. What matters when something happens is your PERCEPTION of the event in question.

You can change your perception by first accepting that you cannot control everything. Accept reality as it is and prepare for and reflect on each moment as it happens, act to control that which is in your power to control, and move on. Cultivating a feeling of gratitude will also go a long way toward giving yourself a feeling of happiness.
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