What The World’s Happiest Countries Can Teach Us About Money


  1. Sarupa Shah
    Sarupa Shah October 13, 2013 at 6:36 am .

    Hi Cherrie, great post – made me think… being happy is so important for our well-being… I guess the only one that stands out is sense of duty…not sure I agree with that as much but all the rest make perfect sense…. and are good principles to live by.

  2. Nile
    Nile October 13, 2013 at 8:48 am .

    I think a lot of these are definitely true. I don’t think about religion as much as a means towards happiness, but I know others find it a reason. I usually connect more out of duty and gratitude.

    1. Nile
      Nile October 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm .

      I have to add that I just noticed your insight and agree entirely with it… to a T. It’s what drives me to not build a business but build a legacy.

  3. Shathyan Raja
    Shathyan Raja October 13, 2013 at 10:32 am .

    Nice post. Yes, nothing can be an hindrance for us happiness. A man who is poor will also be happy with what he has and a man who is rich will also be happy with what he has.. So its basically, how we live our life in the best way by helping each other in this World.

  4. William Amis
    William Amis October 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm .

    Yes, yes to all of them. I would love to say before committing to be supportive to others make sure your stuff is together. You can not have purpose and be useful if you have no foundation to stand on.

    Chery, you are the solid rock for most of your readers and those strong children of yours. I love your style and I to have felt a change with being more passionate with the little ones I read to on Saturdays at our local libraries. Just based on meeting you.

    Thanks for all you do. Your purpose is seen, felt and honored.

    1. William Amis
      William Amis October 20, 2013 at 12:06 am .

      I had to return this glorious day!

      Cherrie, having a purpose is something each of us have by loving, caring and serving one another our unique ways. Bringing it from you heart is the meaningful way and how you do it is the journey.

      Thank you for sharing this eye-opening view and love it.

  5. Ryan B
    Ryan B October 14, 2013 at 1:51 am .

    Hi Cherrie,

    I liked this study. It shows that going within changes the without. If you can decide to be happy, and grateful, now, wherever you are, you will be happy independent of your environment or financial situation.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. marquita herald
    marquita herald October 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm .

    Well said Cherrie. While I know not everyone agrees, for me the standout is Sense of Duty. Maybe it’s because I have a history of being involved in community outreach, but my take on this is people tend to become overwhelmed with the shear enormity of the world’s problems and end up doing nothing. We can however make a difference on the community level – and oh my, what a difference we could make in the world if each of us committed to make a difference in the life of just one other person. As a bonus, in my research on strengthening resiliency, I’ve found study after study that shows volunteering does in deed enrich our own lives. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Kathy from Bliss Habits
    Kathy from Bliss Habits October 19, 2013 at 11:11 am .

    What a wonderful life affirming post. I agree with the whole lot of them! Now I’m wondering what is it that keeps us away from making these personal and national priorities? If we could just get back to these basics we’d all be so much happier!

  8. Joseph Forte
    Joseph Forte October 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm .


    What a wonderful blog post, happiness is the key to life isn’t it? I found the entire article interesting but nothing more than the “great relationships” and “gratitude” sections. I have always tried to surround myself with “good” or “great” people as they always extract the best out of me. The way they do so is often so difficult to explain, too.
    Gratitude and thanks is essential as everyone loves to be recognized and as a new author on the writing block, it’s important to touch base with as many fans and readers as possible. I have to thank a “great” colleague, Marquita Herald (@MarquitaHerald), for teaching me that bit of advice.

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the post because it’s always great to be reminded of the little things in life.


    Joseph Forte

  9. Willena Flewelling
    Willena Flewelling October 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm .

    While all of them are important to me, the most important by far is the first. Knowing God has all things under control, and that everything happens for a reason, goes a long way toward giving me peace and joy. I don’t have to know the reasons, because they are HIS reasons, and I will understand in His good time. Meanwhile, I live my life secure in His love.

    Sometimes I need to be reminded of that. Thank you for the reminder!


  10. Rick Lelchuk
    Rick Lelchuk October 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm .


    I believe we’re all placed here for a purpose and our job in life is to determine what that purpose is and work toward fulfilling it.

    You must have people in your life to help you fulfill your destiny. You must have faith that there is a reason and purpose for you to be here. And, one should be grateful for the mission they are on. By seeking your purpose you’re bound to inspire others along the way as you so aptly suggest in your insight.

    Meaty post!



  11. Marty Diamond
    Marty Diamond October 27, 2013 at 2:32 am .

    A really great list of attributes that we can all aspire to. For me it’s relationships and a sense of daily purpose. I really love my clients and love working with them – I feel for them when their businesses struggle and I’m ecstatic when they pull off a big win. I also really value my relationships with friends, family and colleagues

    Working with clients gives me a sense of purpose every day. Together we’re fighting to push their businesses to the next level.

  12. Donna Merrill
    Donna Merrill October 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm .

    Hi Cherrie,

    Thanks for sharing this report. I don’t think we can get anywhere in life without the sense of happiness. All points above are so important in order to have the proper mindset to build happiness.

    Yes, we don’t have to be Bill Gates, but ourselves. We cannot measure our happiness in dollars, it just doesn’t work.

    I do feel that the most important of all is having faith in a Higher Spiritual level. I call it God. We all go through struggles, ups and downs. It is part of life. But for me, if it wasn’t my faith in God, it would take me a longer time to get over things.

    Thanks for the lovely post,


  13. nick catricala
    nick catricala November 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm .

    now this is a great post that I had a pleasure to read and learn from… mind you, all your blogs are special and I thank you for being who you are and sharing your wisdom, know how and noble intentions with all of us who love to know and learn more from great people like you..

    I did not know about “Happy City” now I do..

    I am so happy to know there is such places because with all the negative news every where.. I am always looking for happy one and my friend, this has been a happy one.

    As you listed the 6 virtues, qualities, or things that the happiest people have in common… I was wondering why in the world we do not do it our selves where we are and make our city a happy one as well?

    As we know, no one can force anyone else to do that, but THANKS to your writing, many people will adopt them, Including me.

    Thanks so much again Cherrie.

  14. Kumar Gauraw
    Kumar Gauraw November 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm .

    Hi Cherrie,
    Being happy is deeply connected with these awesome principles that you just listed. Being grateful for what is given to us. Counting our blessings every single day, having an attitude of gratitude, living by golden rule – these all have their own impact on our mindset and in turn it impacts how happy or joyful we feel or don’t.

    A sense of purpose, authenticity etc. are some of the major character traits of those who are always happy. Love and compassion for fellow human beings plays an important role as well.

    Aren’t these so simple things and yet have such profound impact on our lives and ultimately it shows up on the image of the nation we live in?

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these amazing tips. I enjoyed being here!


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