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Visit 10 of the Happiest Places in the World

Popsugar logo Popsugar 14/01/2018 Ariana Dickson

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What does it mean to be happy? Some say its having a sense of purpose or feeling financially secure while others believe its in being present or spiritually fulfilled. Whatever it may be, there are certain cities around the world that seem to have a better idea than the rest. From Denmark to New Zealand and Mexico, if you're planning a trip sometime soon, you may want to consider visiting one of these places that has the bliss meter on high. Keep reading for 10 of the happiest cities that everyone should visit.

Auckland, New Zealand

a sunset in the background: Auckland, New Zealand © Flickr user Simon Lieschke Auckland, New Zealand

This city is New Zealand's largest and has enough happiness to match its size. With a bustling cityscape, thriving economy, excellent education system, serene black-sand beaches, and lush greenery as an escape (if you can call it that), it's really no surprise that residents are exceptionally satisfied here.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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"Hygge", a Danish word meaning cosiness, intimacy, and warmth, recently started trending with the Danish lifestyle becoming an ideal. It all makes sense — considering Denmark consistently tops international happiness surveys. Copenhagen in particular is full of city beaches, parks, cycling, and top-notch food. It's often visited for its happy vibe and laid-back people.

Sydney, Australia

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This city's balmy weather, outdoor-centric lifestyle, and chilled out locals make it one of the least stressful cities in the world — at least that's what surveys suggest. International travellers also find it to be one of the most friendly places to visit. So, there must be something right happening if those living and visiting believe there's nothing not to like.

Barcelona, Spain

a large clock tower towering over a city: Barcelona, Spain © Burst / Daniel Gold Barcelona, Spain

A classic Mediterranean city — beautiful weather, beaches, delicious food, lively culture, and a relaxed lifestyle. There is also affordable housing and loads of business opportunities. There's plenty to do and people that really know how to have fun while doing it. Barcelona knows how to truly live.

Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico © Flickr user Rick González Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey is a beautiful city in Mexico, and known for its strong community bonds. Unlike so many other city's around the world, professional lives are not always considered the most important thing. It seems logical that one would be free of stress with such high value placed on things like religion, family, and social life.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Similarly to Denmark, Holland also ranks high in happiness — with Amsterdam playing a major role in the decision. Researchers believe its the work-life balance, active lifestyle, and the Dutch mindset that make it such a happy place to be. Open-minded, healthy, friendly, and free. What more could you want?

Singapore

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Singapore is often recognised as Asia's happiest city. It's an extremely secure place — this we know from the city's interesting laws — which brings a strong peace of mind needed for one to be truly happy. With leadership that has a Confucian mindset, people are set up for the opportunity to live out a life of value.

Bergen, Norway

a harbor filled with boats: Bergen, Norway © Flickr user Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho Bergen, Norway

Bergen is a cheery city despite being known for its rain — with colourful wooden houses turned into shops, cafes, and bars and a mindset where each day is an adventure. Family, friendship, food, and heritage are the focus. Norway, as a whole, is said to be a land full of happy people.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This Brazilian city is stunning with its sweeping views and dreamy beaches. Unsurprisingly, it tends to rank high in happiness for its culture, outdoor attractions, and warm people. The city is associated with good humour and good living — both very necessary for happiness.

Koh Samui, Thailand

a bench next to a palm tree: Koh Samui, Thailand © Flickr user Sarah_Ackerman Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand is called "the land of smiles" — not just because visitors love it but also thanks to the country's welcoming locals. Koh Samui serves the title well with its quality of life and prosperity on the rise. Visitors are drawn to the large island's beautiful beaches, jungle waterfalls, intoxicating culture, and fascinating people. Happiness is contagious on this island.

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