Men's Health Australia


DESPITE ALL THE meditation lunches, fun runs, trigger warnings and caffeinated chocolates, Australians aren’t getting any happier. In fact, we’ve just dropped out of the top 10 of happiest countries for the first time, according to the 2019 World Happiness Report. New Zealand are now ahead of us on a list topped by Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. We’re an increasingly bummed-out people, and to make matters worse,“we live in a culture that is just obsessed with happiness,” says Darrin McMahon, author of Happiness: A History.

And we should be obsessed with it:” Except lately we’ve been coming at the whole happiness thing from the wrong angle. Getting it right – owning your well-deserved piece of it – means understanding why we’re a nation of malcontents.

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