Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the newest World Happiness Report:
NEW YORK, March 20 – As in 2018, Finland again takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world according to three years of surveys taken by Gallup from 2016-2018. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are countries that have consistently ranked among the happiest. They are in order: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. The US ranked 19th dropping one spot from last year.”World Happiness Report, 2019
Three (happy) cheers for Finland!: a land with 3.3 million saunas and 5 million people.
However, The New York Times article “Want to Be Happy? Try Moving to Finland” suggests that a miserable person will be happy if they move to Finland. This is another example of how many people in the US (ranked #19) are afraid to look within themselves (or their own backyards) for positive change.
Unhappy people seem to want easy solutions. They want pills, or someone else, like a life coach, or a book on vulnerability to make them happy.
It’s easy to agree with the non sequitur of “saunas make you happy (2010 saunatimes joke here), but as a 30 year authentic sauna enthusiast, if you want to be happy, instead of moving to Finland, consider this option:
- Start to live more like a Finlander (without moving there).
- Carve out 100 square feet in your own backyard.
- Invest in building your own sauna.
Ways to live more like a Finlander:
- Be nice to people.
- Take a sauna.
- Invite others to sauna.
In Finland, they get something like 86 weeks paid vacation for maternity/paternity leave. They will pay you to go to college. They not only offer free quality health care, but a Doctor may come stay in your guest room until you feel better.
Finland may have way too many words we can’t pronounce, but they have more saunas than automobiles. This counts for something.
If US wants to work their way down on the World Happiness Report list, instead of suggesting that people move to Finland, let’s try living more like they do in Finland.
Suggestion #1: more authentic Finnish saunas.
Want to learn more about “Get Happy?” – Elvis Costello please read here.