How do we get most bang for our buck when it comes to happiness? As a group, on average, the richer countries are happier, but if we zoom in on the ufabet richest countries in the world, we don’t see a clear pattern.
How do we get most bang for our buck when it comes to happiness?
Qatar, the richest country in the world, ranks thirty-fifth in the 2017 World Happiness Report, while a poorer country, Costa Rica, ranks twelfth. And some countries seem to be better at converting wealth into well-being for their people. For instance, the US is the eighteenth richest country in the world, with a GDP higher per capita than Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, but reports lower levels of happiness than all these countries.
This demonstrates two things. First, while money matters, it is not all that matters. Second, it is not only about how much money we make, it is also about what we do with the money we have. The most successful countries in the twenty-first century will be those th most efficiently turn wealth into well-being – and this also appes
So how do we get most bang for our buck when it comes to happiness?
Buy memories, not things
Every twenty minutes, one of the Finns operating the sauna would enter, pose a question, and the Finnish men and women in there would say, kyllä, the Finnish word for ‘yes’. You could recognize every non-Finn in the room. Not by the fact that they were not saying kyllä, but by the sheer look of panic as they thought, Oh my God, did he just ask if we wanted the sauna to be warmer?, followed by the operator pouring water over the heated rocks and causing more hot steam to fill the room and our lungs.
Nevertheless, being exposed to the extreme heat in a dark room forces you to concentrate on your breathing, and it was a wonderful and meditative experience.
The feeling of being alive and experiencing your body warm, despite standing semi-naked in the dark Helsinki night in January after swimming among ice, was pure joy. The whole experience might only have taken a couple of hours, but it is a memory you will carry with you for ever.