Its official Denmark were recognised the happiest country in the first ever United Nations ‘World Happiness Report’ and to celebrate McIntyres Hairdressing Salons are giving out Danish Pastries today to clients this easter weekend. Hairdressing has regularly featured highest in polls as people happiest at work and this report shows a link to Altruism (the complete opposite of selfishness, that leads to happiness) similarly the hairdressing industry are a very kind and giving bunch in the community. To read the report follow the link at the bottom of the page
Denmark took top spot followed by Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. The UK were also ranked high in the report
The 158-page report, published by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness on Monday in order to “review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.”
The rankings in the report were based on a number called the “life evaluation score,” a measurement which takes into account a variety of factors including people’s health, family and job security as well as social factors like political freedom and government corruption.
The report aims in part to evaluate happiness based on a more comprehensive measurement system that can be used to inform policy-makers.
“While basic living standards are essential for happiness, after the baseline has been met happiness varies more with the quality of human relationship than with income,” the report read. “Policy goals should include high employment and high-quality work; a strong community with high levels of trust and respect, which government can influence through inclusive participatory policies; improved physical and mental health; support of family life; and a decent education for all.”
Based on its “life evaluation score,” which is rated on a scale of 0-to-10, the report found that Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands outstripped all other nations with an average score of 7.6 between them.