291. What is the Happiest Country in the World? (And Why is it Always Finland?) (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

Apr 8 2024 • 24 mins

Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the seventh time in a row. But why?

What is happiness? And how is it measured?

This episode of Thinking in English discusses the Cantril Ladder, why the World Happiness Report might not accurately test happiness, and why Finland keeps coming top of the rankings!

Transcript - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2024/04/08/291-what-is-the-happiest-country-in-the-world-and-why-is-it-always-finland-english-vocabulary-lesson/

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  • Cantril Ladder (Noun): A method used to measure life satisfaction and happiness by asking individuals to rate their lives on a scale from 0 to 10.
  • Metaphor (Noun): A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
  • Ranking (Noun): The action of arranging items or individuals in a particular order based on specific criteria.
  • Subjective (Adjective): Based on personal opinions, feelings, or experiences rather than objective facts.
  • Wealth (Noun): Ownership of valuable possessions or resources, typically in the form of money or assets.
  • Contentment (Noun): A state of satisfaction and ease with one's circumstances or situation.
  • Well-being (Noun): The state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy.
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