Icelanders have been resilient and stoic in the face of disasters like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and the 2008 financial collapse that hit this tiny country hard. “The stoicism is important to deal with the randomness of nature and the recent financial crash,” Iceland embassy counselor Erlingur Erlingsson told me in Washington, D.C.
Beyond stoicism, though, Iceland ranks as the third happiest country in the world — just behind Denmark and Costa Rica, according to the World Database of Happiness through 2009.
So when Ben Stiller said that it’s a good thing the sun never goes down “when the people are so good-looking,” he was not the only one to appreciate Iceland’s charms. This is a country where 73 percent of the people said they were content, compared with only 50 percent of Western Europeans and 33 percent of North Americans. It is “also happier than those who are doing better financially,” according to The Reykjavik Grapevine. When life expectancy is combined with happiness measures, it emerges second in “happy life-years.”
How do Icelandic people find the mental and physical resilience, in the face of winter darkness, volcanic eruptions, and financial disaster, to be among the first in global measures of happiness?
Click the link to find out! The reasons are quite informative.
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