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The secret of happiness

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What are the secrets to making us happy?

How are you feeling today? Do you need cheering up? There's good news from Holland that says we could make ourselves happier!

Studies from all over the world have been put together by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam and Rob and Finn discuss the results. They find out why we may be looking for happiness in the wrong places and that being unhappy is always a bad thing.

This week's question:

The World Happiness Database has ranked countries in order of how happy their people are - or to be more precise - their 'satisfaction with life'. Do you know which country came top of the list? Was it:

a) Finland

b) Canada

c) Costa Rica

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


The secret of happiness

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down in the dumps

feeling miserable or unhappy


describes someone who doesn't worry about the future


the good feeling you get when you get something you want

a state of mind

how someone feels about their life at the present time


feel happy or pleased with the situation


believing money and possessions are the most important things


things you want to achieve


busy, lots of things going on


a feeling of satisfaction and pleasure


gained the ability to make good judgements based on life experience


making you feel less sad or worried



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