We could all use a little happiness right now. As it turns out, people here are full of those feelings of contentment and we actually live in one of the best places for that. The happiest countries in the world ranking for 2020 puts Canada in the 11th spot. Not too shabby!\nThe UN's World Happiness Report 2020, released on March 20, "ranks 156 countries by how happy citizens perceive themselves to be."\nIn the eighth edition of the report, Canada is beat out by European countries and New Zealand with a score of 7.232.\nOur country's 11th place finish isn't bad in the grand scheme of things but it isn't the nation's best finish.\n"Canada slipped out of the top ten, from 9th place last year to 11th this year," the report stated.\nThe report is primarily based on data from the Gallup World Poll, a series of annual surveys and life evaluations, and Canada's score is the lowest since the poll began here in 2005.\nWith Canada's ranking, it shows that there is little perception of corruption within the country but also little generosity like donating to charity.\nThe country typically does well in terms of GDP per capita, social support and healthy life expectancy.\nWhile Canada doesn't come that close to Finland, the world's happiest country, people here are generally still pretty content.\nView this post on Instagram Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 • And don’t buy into the myth of the perfect moment either. Moments aren’t perfect; they’re what you make them. So many people wait around for the stars to align to do what they’re here to do. The perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect state of being, etc. Wake up! These states of perfection are myths. They do not exist. Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection. You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly. So ask yourself this: “When it’s all said and done, will I have said more than I’ve done?” Let your answer be NO! May your actions speak louder than your words. May your life preach louder than your lips. May your success be your noise in the end. And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it. Even if you have no idea where you’re going to land yet, be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart every now and then. You’re worth it. 🗻 #AlwaysSmile #Canada #Whistler #Winter #Snow #Travel #HappyCanadaDay #Adventure #YoureWorthIt #PeakToPeak #WhistlerBlackcomb A post shared by @ cindychoiiii on Jul 1, 2016 at 10:18am PDT\nEach country in the report is ranked on six variables that relate to well-being, income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.\nThen those six factors are compared against "Dystopia", an imaginary country that has the least happy people in the world that's used as a benchmark that all countries can be favourably compared to.\nAhead of Canada on the rankings are Luxembourg, Austria, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.\nView this post on Instagram #happycanada day from three European fans! @loveottawa @cityofottawa @ottawatourism @canada @aircanada @nac.cna #ottarts @cbcottawa @ottawacitizen #germany #england #european #eu #strongertogether A post shared by Alexander Shelley (@alexander_shelley) on Jul 1, 2016 at 8:50am PDT\n"A quick glance at the other countries regularly found at the top of international comparisons of life satisfaction – Switzerland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia – reveals that they also have most of the same elements in place," the report stated.\nSo there's no secret formula for happiness in the Nordic countries that other nations, including Canada, can't get to.\nThe World Happiness Report suggests that countries ensure that government institutions are high quality, not corrupt, are able to deliver on what they promise and are generous in taking care of citizens.