It seems that life is a constant pursuit of happiness, but when do we ever reach true bliss? According to a 2013 study, the closest we'll likely get to happiness is age 23, and then again at 69. Luckily, there are some scientific ways to increase your wellbeing during all that time in between. According to the study, life happiness follows a U-shaped curve, steadily plummeting after 23 before plateauing in adulthood and then rising again later in life. For the research, a team from the London School of Economics interviewed 23,000 German adults between the ages of 17 and 85 and asked them how happy they were with their lives, as well as how they predicted they would feel in five years. Then, five years later the same people were asked to report their actual life happiness, Indy100 reported.
Monday is International Happiness Day, a United Nations-sanctioned holiday intended to remind people worldwide of the importance of working toward happiness in their lives. Ever since 2011, the UN has requested "a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples" pegged to Monday's celebration, according to its website. Whether it's petting a fluffy dog, wearing a comfy sweater or enjoying a stiff drink that fills you with joy, make sure to make some time Monday to observe International Happiness Day. "If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present." "To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others."
Sunday is International Day of Happiness, a global celebration of contentment adopted by all 193 members of the United Nations. The event is in its third year and aims to -- of course -- help people create happier lives for themselves and others. Organizers say positivity should be a priority for everyone. "A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world," the holiday's official website reads. "People are now recognizing that'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and well-being, not just growing the economy."
Sweden and Iceland are the happiest countries in Europe, according to a new index developed by scientists. The system for judging a nation's satisfaction is based on official statistics rather than questionnaires answered by some of the population. Data on a country's development, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace are measured to build rankings and work out how people can be made happier. Of 13 countries on which the index was tested, Iceland and Sweden come out on top, with a 76 out of 100 score. Experts hope analysing countries this way could help develop strategies for their countries to improve people's happiness.