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    • Nordic countries are always at the top of global happiness indexes as a result of a combination of factors, including humane and financial aspects.

    The happiest people: what Nordic countries can teach us / 

    Life quality indexes are including more and more often, happiness as an ingredient in their criteria. This is done by including affective ingredients, such as generosity, cooperation levels and friendship, among others. While economic safety helps people focus on more transcendental aspects like recreation, culture, friendship and family, studies have proven that an economic wellbeing is not necessarily matched by psychological and emotional one.

    Current happiness studies have proven that someone’s mood depends, to a great extent, on the moral support they feel they receive from society. In this way, Nordic countries have consecutively been at the top of the happiness world indexes, because people from these countries trust one another, which give them this sense of unity and closeness, as if they were part of a big family.

    The United Nations’ last report on happiness placed Denmark, Norway and Sweden among the top five happiest countries in the world. These fulfil the basic financial expectations but additionally, inhabitants present a high degree of trust in their fellows. Happiness is a complex concept but one which is undoubtedly related to satisfaction, hence happiness indexes are linked with a long term reflection of this characteristic.

    Happiness is beginning to be considered a science, since human wellbeing exceeds financial standards as the ultimate path to satisfaction. Apparently life gains a richer sense when our affective state is supported by empathetic actions that dignify our existence. 

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