The Key to Happiness is Activity

When you lack purpose, everything feels bad

Darius Foroux
4 min readSep 24, 2023

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The Finns are the happiest people on Earth. They have been the happiest folks for 6 years now.

Unsurprisingly, Finland is also among the top 3 in over a hundred global measures of economic and social success. Even if it has much less money (or oil) than countries like the United States (ranked 15 in the happiness scale).

The World Happiness Report considers, among other measures like GDP per capita, the Cantril ladder life evaluation, with a question that goes:

“Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top.

The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you.

On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”

Try asking yourself that question. What part of the ladder are you currently in?

You can also try answering the follow-up question:

“On which step do you think you will stand about five years from now? (ladder-future)”

Generally, the factors that contribute to a country’s happiness are things like lesser wealth inequality…

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Darius Foroux

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