15 ways you could be happier


A recent study found that citizens of the U.S. were the 16th happiest as a nation in the world, so to increase happiness, perhaps we should move to a country ahead of us on the list. This World Values Study also found that the developed world in general is experiencing a overall global happiness trend. Since 1981, of the 52 countries surveyed, 45 claim to have increased their happiness.

The researchers from the U. of Michigan's Institute for Social Research attribute the trend to economic growth, social tolerance and the spread of democracy. Topping the list this year is Denmark, followed by Puerto Rico and Columbia. Other countries happier than ours include Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, and Holland.

At the bottom of the list are Moldavia, Armenia and Zimbabwe. I'd already crossed them off my wish list of vacation destinations.