2013

Sep
09
2013

World Happiness report 2013The 2013 World Happiness Report was released early this year prior to the United Nations Assembly, where the report plays a role in setting new political plans for countries around the World. Not only does the report assess the last 3 years of Gallup polls measuring well-being but it also takes a look at two types of happiness; the emotion of happiness experienced by individuals as well as individuals overall life satisfaction. In addition, there are several factors involved in determining how countries ranked, including poverty level and mental illness as a chronic issue related to depression and anxiety disorders in proportion to the population around the world.

It is not unreasonable to link poverty and depression however there is a double edge sword to poor countries unable to attend to the treatment of the poor population, just as there are numerous wealthy companies who underutilize employee assistance programs for  their employees. Wether you are a rich corporation or a poor country, chronic depression is one of the most scrutinized and valued portion of the report.

With that said, there is much more to this report that meets the eye however, it also makes sense as to why the wealthier countries have a happier population. Wealthier countries such as Denmark or Sweden also support a universal medical system who value lifestyle and functionality of people in their country. A much different system exists in a place such as Rwanda or North Africa.

The countries that made the top ten list are:

1. Denmark

2. Norway

3. Switzerland

4. Netherlands

5. Sweden

6. Canada

7. Finland

8. Austria

9. Iceland

10. Australia

The U.S.  ranked 17

The Report also shows the major beneficial side-effects of happiness. Happy people live longer, are more productive, earn more, and are also better citizens. Well-being should be developed both for its own sake and for its side-effects.

“There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be more closely aligned with what really matters to people as they themselves characterize their well-being,” said Professor Jeffery Sachs. “More and more world leaders are talking about the importance of well-being as a guide for their nations and the world. The World Happiness Report 2013 offers rich evidence that the systematic measurement and analysis of happiness can teach us a lot about ways to improve the world’s well-being and sustainable development.”

To read the full report please go here: World Happiness Report 2013

 

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle strategist and inspiration coach , who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
06
2013

happy-girlFinding new summer activities require excessive time, effort, and money…right? Wrong. Something like going to the park may seem like a repetitive, unoriginal idea for getting out of the house, but it can easily become new and exciting by simply adding a new spin to it. Try these five ideas to make a simple outing or activity something to be happy and excited about!

Pack a picnic or barbeque! Whether you take the family, some close friends, or even some coworkers, a picnic is a social activity that is both fun and delicious. It creates an atmosphere for bonding and learning, and it can serve as a small escape from the hum-drum routine of everyday life. Most importantly, it’s a thoughtful way of saying, “I’m happy I’m here with you today.”

Bring a Frisbee or lively activity! The park is a perfect place to have a fun pick-up game of soccer, volleyball, or football. Not only can you reconnect with friends or teach your children how to play a sport, but you can also rediscover your love for a sport and burn a few calories while doing so! Summer is the perfect time to be active and outdoors, and the park serves as a great environment for doing so.

Have a water balloon fight! We all remember how fun and exciting this was when we were young, so why can’t it still be fun now? This is a great way to connect with the children in our lives or even to embrace our own inner-child. Beat the heat this summer with some water balloons and maybe even a super-soaker water gun!

Learn how to slackline! Slacklining is a recreational activity that not many people know about. It originated as a form of tightrope walking, and it consists of walking on a taut length of webbing between two stationary points (such as a couple trees at the park). Although your first time trying it may be challenging, it is an excellent way to develop better balance, posture, and focus. If this is not for you, lengthen and strengthen your body with pilates, it does wonders for the spine and toning your muscles for a sleeker figure.

Meditate or join a yoga class! Meditation and yoga are fantastic de-stressors that can be done individually or in a group. Instead of cooping yourself up in a stuffy room, breathe in the fresh outdoor air and bring your yoga class to the park. This will help you relax while feeling refreshed from the summer air.

Summer is the time to let your inner shine out and explore the possibilities of living a healthier, happier life. It all starts with a decision to make the best out of your day, your summer, and your life! Remember that the littlest things can make the biggest difference, and take control over your life today!

Share your thoughts for living in the moment with us!

 

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

Filed Under: 2013, How To, Life, Live, summer
May
05
2013

http://gethappyzone.com/bookHey there , friend! During life’s up’s and downs the comfort of friendship can be a wonderful blessing or add to life challenges. Who  you choose to develop as a friend in your life can mold  and motivate you to be the best person you want to be ! On the other hand, you may also be attracting toxic people, perhaps on a subconscious level you don’t feel worthy of surrounding yourself with the good?  Yet again, we are all here to learn from each other. Either way, what are you learning about yourself from the friends you have?

My credo is treat those the way you like to be treated.  After all how we carry ourselves in life has much to do about attitude, self-respect and kindness. Should you be faced with a recent challenge in a friendship take a  listen to my recent interview with Dr. Jeannie Bertoli on her radio show, I Want a Better Life! There are some great pearls of wisdom to learn from when you are stumped on how to handle a difficult or toxic situation in a friendship. Click LINK!

The Challenge of Friendship in 2013

 

 

“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

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