Do the happiest countries have the most genuine smile?

I stumbled upon an article of the world happiest countries.

Scandinavia (who only consists of 5 countries) dominates the top 10, with the Finish flag proudly waving at the top.

I can’t speak for all the countries, but I have lived in Denmark and the Netherlands long enough to judge.
Let’s analyze.
The statics are based on 6 factors:

  1. GDP per capita.
    Can’t disagree. Remember how I always say that money makes me happy (no shame)
  2. Social Support
    Thanks to a great social support system in the Netherlands I was able to finish my education without any debts.
    On a side note, this is no longer the case. Students need rich parents or a loan to finish university.
  3. Life expectancy
    You do know what this really means, don’t you?
    Because of this great new feature, people who thought they would get their pension at 65, now have to work till 67. Recently this is also increased by 7 months.
    With my age, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to enjoy my pension.\
  4. Freedom to make life choices
    These days you can call anyone, anything. Insult them as you like.
    It will still be defended as”freedom of speech”. How wonderful.
  5. Generosity
    The Western countries were very generous to refugees.
    Now there is no space anymore. The tables have turn.
    Racism is slowly being detected.
  6. Corruption
    If you still believe that doctors and hospitals are not commercial, try to shove in some money and see how you’ll suddenly rise in the list for a heart donor.


The less advanced countries might not be blessed with these features, but there is more to happiness.

Some of the Eastern European people I knew would joke about how Western Europeans don’t know how to throw a party.

It’s not only about who gets drunk the fastest. What about music, food, dancing?”

I can’t disagree.

Yesterday we got back from an event; an African acrobat act.
Maybe other countries would have mastered acrobatic performances better according to skills, but this was different.

There was cheerful African music.
There was local dancing.
There was passion and so much fun.
And even from an airplane you would notice, there was sincere smiling.

I’m not sure if I’ve seen this kind of happiness in any of the top 10 countries.

It makes me wonder, do the happiest countries also have the most genuine smile?

20 thoughts on “Do the happiest countries have the most genuine smile?

  1. Sometimes I think people with less are probably more sincerely happy than those who are ‘better off’. The more you have, the more you take for granted. I hear a lot of young people I work with complain about how terrible life is because they can’t afford to buy their own houses, but they have brand new cars, gym memberships, 2 holidays a year and eat out several times a week. I think those who have nothing probably have a far better appreciation of the things that really matter x

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    1. I completely agree with you!
      I think it’s hard for youngster to set priorities as well. A brand new car and a gym body are easier to show off than a comfy place on your own where you can relax after a long day.

      I think too that people in “blessed countries” forgot how to appreciate, sadly.


  2. I agree with Steph. Also the more you have, the more anxious you are about the possibility of losing everything and this just makes you drive yourself even harder. What we call civilisation is not worth the personal cost.


  3. My experience is this. I had a great job that paid well but I was miserable. When I got laid off and started doing my own thing, there is not much money but I am WAY happier. Doesn’t matter where you live in my opinion, you make your own happiness.

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    1. I really believe what you’re saying! And I think it’s the best decision you’ve ever made.
      I want to find out what Im good at and like and start on my own as well at one point 😀

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  4. Oh, I have been asking this kind of questions too! I live in Norway and it topped the list last year. Even Norwegians were surprised to find it out. It seems that happiness in researchers’ terms is not happiness of a micro-level. I read that the societies with the most equality are viewed as the happiest. While for me happiness is energy, life passion, and as you say a genuine smile. So far I would not rate Norway highest on it, but well well… Not complaining to live in the world’s happiest country, hehe (sometimes I do).


    1. It is, when it’s used in the right way.

      Just a tip: people usually don’t like it when you say “check out my blog”. If they’re interested, they will click you’re profile anyhow.


  5. In French:
    Le bonheur…vaste sujet. Je suis heureux. Mais je ne suis pas certain que ce soit parce que je suis Français que je suis heureux. Je suis heureux.

    In English:
    Happiness is a huge theme. So i’m happy. It’s not because i’m French that i’m happy.
    I’m happy.

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