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One study, for example, ranked Canadian cities based on income and life satisfaction. It found that in the richer cities (Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa) people were the least satisfied with their lives, whereas in the smaller and poorer ones (Charlottetown, Quebec City and especially St. Johnís) people were far and away the most happy. Another study ranked peopleís estimates of the likelihood that a neighbour would return a wallet they found containing $100, as a proxy for social trust, which predicts happiness more reliably than income.
New topic that was discussed at the United Nations, with talks of the Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product. According to the studies, we're a pretty happy country. I think the top 5 really goes to show what type of political system (constituional monarchies) exhibits better well-being.