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A recently released UN report says Canadians are the sixth happiest people in the world. We are slotted in between Sweden in fifth and Finland in seventh, with our mighty neighbour to the south sitting in 17th.

A look at the top 10 list shows that all of them are in the Northern Hemisphere and most of them are snow covered, cold and have long, dark days many months of the year.

That seems to dash the idea that the long winter makes us grumpy ... collectively, if not individually.

But the question is why wouldn’t we be a happy lot?

This country does have its shortcomings that irritate us from time to time but really we live in a utopia compared to places like Syria and Bangladesh.

One recent event shows just how little we have to worry about in our daily lives.

Not long ago much of the country was riveted on the news that a deal had been struck by a billion dollar communications company to pay billions to rich NHL team owners, who employ million dollar hockey players.

Much of Canada from coast to coast to coast was in a tizzy about what was going to happen to “Hockey Night in Canada” — and even more concerning — would curmudgeonly commentator Don Cherry have a job because of the change?

Compare that collective angst to citizens of some other countries who have to worry about natural disasters, being caught up in civil wars or battling just to feed their citizens.

We may hold sixth place in happiness but we’re No. 1 in underappreciating all the good things we have in life.

Organizations: UN, NHL

Geographic location: Sweden, Finland, Canada Syria

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