The happiest country on earth
Perhaps we could all do with a bit more happiness in our lives, so you may be interested to hear that a recent study has found Paraguay to be the happiest country on Earth. According to the latest Gallup poll on well-being, a staggering 87 per cent of the people who live there experience frequently high levels of positive emotions.
Compared to Paraguay's high, the UK is lagging behind with a score of 73. So how can we follow Paraguay's example and be happier?
In order to carry out the survey, which included 1,000 adults in 138 different countries, Gallup asked five particular questions: whether people felt they were treated respectfully, whether they felt rested, experienced enjoyment, laughed or smile a lot, and whether they had learned or done anything interesting the previous day.
Along with these things, there are other ways you can help improve your overall happiness. These are:
Just thinking about the things that can make us happy is the first step to setting those goals and achieving them. We're all different, and taking the time to understand what will make YOU happy is definitely worth it in the long run.
Whether it's setting yourself a challenge and beating it, finally earning that qualification, or simply ticking something off your to-do list that has been bothering you for weeks, achieving goals is a definite happiness booster.
Be positive in yourself, but also try to spend more time around happy, positive people. Negativity can easily spread, so try to inspire positivity in those around you, too.
Sometimes it's easy to take things in life for granted, so try to appreciate what you have more, just a few minutes every day. Remember that old saying; you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
Release lots of happy, mood-boosting endorphins by exercising at least three times a week, or whenever you can. Just a 15-minute burst of exercise can do the world of good, and when you feel healthy, your mood is elevated.
Other factors that contribute to happiness include school or workplace, as well as financial well-being and a sense of community spirit.
On the bright side, things could be a lot worse for Brits: the poll also rated Syria, currently in the midst of a civil war, to be the unhappiest country, with a score of just 36.
Looking at the bigger picture, a whopping 70 per cent of adults around the world claim to be smiling, laughing and enjoying themselves on a regular basis.