This morning the New Daily reported some news regarding Research by Movehub that has ranked nations around the world based on disposable income. It showed that Australia, is ranked second – in the entire world! Australia was beaten by Switzerland for the top place but was closely followed by Denmark, the USA and Ireland.
Something that should make us smile really, but for those who live in Australia, you’ll know it’s a different story. Why? Because of our extremely high cost of living.
Ironically, the top 10 happiest places in the world include Costa Rica, Vietnam, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica – none of which even appear in the top 20 rankings.
So do these countries hold the answer to finding happiness?
Would we be happier if we relied less on money and the cost of living to dictate our happiness and instead looked for real things? What about the real values that matter to us – health, love, social connection, fulfilment.
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Some of the happiest people I know are volunteers who donate their time and love to other people. Some are blessed to have good health and for others it is a constant battle, but is that what the key to happiness is?
Do you think you could learn to forget about the things you “should” care about – money and bills – to instead focus on the things that we need to care about?
Do you feel that money makes you happier or less happier?