Ranked 6th of 157 in the 2016 World Happiness Report (issued in March) that considers 6 categories:
- GDP per capita: 19th (Quatar was #1)
- Social support: 14th (Iceland was #1)
- Healthy life expectancy 17th (Hong Kong was #1)
- Freedom to make life choices: 8th (Uzbekistan was #1)
- Generosity: 16th (Myanmar was #1)
- Trust (absence of corruption): 16th (Rwanda was #1)
The top 5:
Draw your own conclusions, but I didn't read anywhere about short winter days, long summer nights and snow shovelling as all being factors (for happiness), which are likely significant in at least 5 of the top 6!
There is, apparently, an area of "temperate Mediterranean climate" on the southern tip of Vancouver Island that might interest some of us who are not so thrilled by snow (and darkness), yet still wish to remain in Canada.
Of course for those who don't need to be here all year, there are temporary habitats to be found at the southern end of the North American continent to provide respite.
However, a recent survey by Ipsos Reid (for Historica Canada) suggests that about 2/3 of Canadians prefer to vacation at home and Beautiful British Columbia seems to be the premiere destination.
So I think its time for me to take a trip to BC. I'll be there in August (in Vancouver) for a couple of days before heading off to extend my hours of daylight in the Yukon Territory.
And I will also be visiting Calgary in July, to be a spectator at the Calgary Ironman 70.3, where daughter Miranda will be competing...
(for some great Canada Day reading click on the links below)
Have a wonderful Canada Day Weekend!
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