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Happiness is a Dutch
On page 32 of his new book, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, Richard Layard charts happiness versus per capita income of various countries. The country with the highest percent who are "Happy" or "Satisfied"?
The Netherlands, by a good bit.
Why? Dutch bicycles, if you want my opinion.
Holland has no monopoly on Layard's big seven -- family relationships, financial situation, work, community and friends, health, personal freedom, and personal values -- factors he claims can account for much of happiness.
Here's why the Dutch norm of bicycling everywhere creates more happiness: