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Canadians happier than Americans, report finds

The United States has dropped from 18th to 19th place in this year's edition of The World Happiness Report.

Researchers say they have generated a recipe for a balanced life, not simply dependent on economic and material wealth.

The report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be in terms of economic wealth, life expectancy, social support, freedom to make life choices and levels of government corruption. 

Finland has topped the index of the happiest nations for the second year in a row. If Americans want to be happier, they can cross the border into Canada, which came in ninth place in this year's report.

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