happiest Canadian cities

There was an interesting little article in the Globe & Mail today comparing the happiness of people in different Canadian cities and internationally. People of St. John NB not only ranked first in Canada but among the most happy in the world.

“Quebec City placed second on the survey while Charlottetown was third. Moncton, N.B., and Kitchener, Ont., tied for fourth while St. John’s, N.L., was sixth. Rounding out the Top 10, in order, were Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Halifax.”

I have been hearing a lot lately about studies of what they call “subjective well-being” — happiness.

For example… “Countries where average per capita income is between $20,000 and $35,000 have satisfaction rates only a few percentage points above a whole range of countries where income is below $10,000″

What is clear is that it doesn’t have anything to do with the scenery or house you live in, the car you drive or how much money you make. It’s about relationships. It’s about people and how they treat each other.

How we treat each other are choices we make throughout the day, everyday. No matter how big the space we sleep in, no matter how beautiful or ugly the landscape around us, we can choose sufficiency over entitlement and we can value relationships over money. It’s about looking for the positive even if it’s just hope, caring about the people around you even if you don’t know them, and finding satisfaction in what you’ve got even if it’s just life.

In everything we do everyday, we have choice in how we measure our satisfaction with what we’ve got and in how we treat the people around us.

So, what are you doing to make your city a happy place?

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