Have you ever wondered where your country ranks on the happiness scale? Moreover, how does one even rank such a thing? Indeed, these types of things are not without their respective levels of complexity. However, it’s hard to deny happiness when it’s staring at you straight in the face – and such is the case with these countries. So without further ado, let’s get this party started!
Silvia Pablo, a Guatemala native, said it best – happiness doesn’t come to people who have the most, rather to people who are grateful for what they have. In other words, the citizens of Guatemala are on this list for their ability to see the light in any circumstance.
Perhaps what makes India such a happy country is the fact that they have such strong traditions. Whether it’s pickled mangos, steaming curry, or arranged marriages, this is one culture who knows what they do well, and stick to it.
There are number of reasons people revere the country of Spain, and one of them is the awesome weather. Apparently the sun remains shining not just in the summer, but all throughout the winter as well. All that Vitamin D must be doing something good!
Although Nigeria is not without its share of challenges, statistical analysis has shown that many of their citizens remain happy throughout it all. They are role models to the world regarding what it means to not take things for granted.
If you want to see real beauty, we suggest taking a drive down the multicolored valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca, which resides in Argentina. The beauty there is just a sneak peek at the things you can find there.
From the colorful festivals to the breathtaking landscapes, it’s hard to imagine someone not enjoying themselves in the Philippines. It’s hard not to catch a smile while hanging around the locals, for the feeling is contagious.
We’ll admit that there are indeed some amazing places in this world, but there are some who say that Chile is the most beautiful. We’re not here to take sides – we’re just passing on the information, and enjoying the view in the process.
24. South Africa
There are a number of factors that can contribute to a country’s happiness, and a rich culture is one of them. With 11 official languages under its belt, South Africa is one country with numerous histories within its roots.
Only those who have walked through the streets of Brazil can understand the aroma that emanates from the restaurants, or the hypnotic grooves coming from the clubs. And music and food is just the tip of the iceberg.
Other than the fantastic beer putting everyone in good moods all the time, apparently it doesn’t cost that much to live there. While money may not buy happiness, having less expenses can surely be a good way to reduce stress.
One of the things that characterizes Panama is the carnival life. It’s almost as if partying at night isn’t enough for the natives – they must bring the festivities to the daytime as well – and it’s enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face!
France goes by a “work to live” mentality, instead of “living to work.” In other words, French people’s lives don’t revolve around their jobs. They understand that it’s important to make money – but only for the sake of celebrating life.
Let’s just say that it’s not every country that has majestic castles everywhere you turn. The effect is very enchanting, to say the least. The natives also love its location, smack dab in the middle of Europe.
A frequently visited country, Thailand is not just a cheap place to live, but also the optimal place to party. From the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, to the Northern chill vibes of Chiang Mai, there is a variety of happiness emanating from this hotspot.
There are so many awesome things about Mexico, but the happiness that comes from there lies in its spirit. Their parties are lively, their traditions are revered, and their people are always happy to invite you to join the fun.
16. United Kingdom
Let’s be real – the United Kingdom is pretty large, and to cover all of the amazing things about it right now would be pretty impossible. We’re better off meeting you for a pint – which, interestingly enough, pretty much sums it up.
The Belgium Waffle isn’t this country’s only claim to fame – although it’s certainly a solid place to start. From its lovely seaside location, its inspiring urban art, its beer, and much more, the natives absolutely love it there.
Do you know that Israel is the only country that closed out the 20th century with more trees than it started with? Israel is all about growth, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The natives are as warm and inviting as they come.
There’s a reason that leprechauns (however fictional they may be) are always smiling, even if they haven’t yet found their gold. It’s because they’re Irish. They’re just always happy – it’s just one of those things.
It’s not easy to have a thriving economy, and Austria is one country that can say they’ve enjoyed such a facet. This certainly contributes to their happiness – and it certainly doesn’t hurt that their countryside is truly breathtaking.
You don’t even need to go to Australia to understand what they’re about – you really just have to meet one of their own. They love to party, and although they might be feisty at times, they’ve sure got a heck of a spirit.
10. United States
Super Bowl Sunday, steaks on the grill, and hot dogs at a baseball game. Among many other things, these all symbolize American culture. There’s nothing quite as exciting as singing “Take Me Out the the Ballgame” with thousands of other screaming fans.
9. New Zealand
There’s a reason that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings was shot in New Zealand. As you can see, its landscapes are beautiful beyond belief, and provide a sense of warmth and comfort that are perfect for any good hobbit.
There are a number of factors that increase the Swede’s happiness – and five weeks of paid vacation every year is one of them. But it also gives them joy to promote sustainability like it’s nobody’s business, constantly working for the future.
There’s a reason that Amsterdam is pretty much a lock for anyone’s travel list. It’s not just because of their visually striking hotspots – it’s also their liberal, easygoing attitude, and the feeling you get that you’re never getting judged.
There’s an old saying that Canadians make it a practice to leave milk and cookies for their fellow citizens at doorways. And while this seems too good to be true, there is certainly a level of jovialness you kind when you meet a Canadian.
From the excellent economy, to the top notch infrastructure, to the favorable education systems, there are a number of factors that lead to this country’s happiness. Switzerland is also a beautiful landscape, and a hotspot for tourists.
There’s a reason that they called a danish a danish – it’s because all of the best pastries originated in Denmark. And where there’s good food and delicious aromas in the air, there are smiling faces. This is a universal fact.
Iceland is not only one of the most equal and peaceful countries, but it has a solidly low tax rate, with free health care and education as well. But it’s also magical beyond belief from a visual point of view.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to smile when you gaze upon the enchanting landscapes of Norway. In fact, it was actually once voted the world’s most beautiful country.
The number one slot goes to Finland, with a solid balance of low threat and high environmental standards keeping the good vibes going. Within acres beyond acres of majestic forests, you can just feel the beauty while you’re there.