The World’s Happiest Countries and Other Fascinating News on the Web

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  1. Happy Countries

    According to The World Happiness Report, Earthlings are a half a percent happier than we were a few years ago. And where on Earth are people the happiest? The top five countries are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The U.S. ranks 17th. Togo came in last.

    + “There could be merit to the idea that people who enjoy getting blasted by riffs and fake blood [are] actively engaging with their anger in a controlled, safe, temporary way.” The Atlantic’s Leah Sottile on finding happiness in angry music. I used to think heavy metal music sounded angry. Then I read web comments.

  2. Taking Stockpile

    What seemed like a throwaway line by Secretary of State John Kerry has taken on a life its own as U.S. and U.N. have now agreed to consider a Russian plan to avoid U.S. airstrikes by allowing the international…

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