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Meet Canada's happiest people

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It’s been a tough week, so today we bring you happiness. No, really — an actual episode about the study of happiness: How we define it, how we measure it, and some surprising new data that reveals which groups of Canadians are actually the happiest.

Can money buy happiness? What about Twitter followers, do they make you happy? Friends? Family? A pet or a chocolate bar? And why are most of the people you know with steady jobs and a handful of kids some of the least happy folks you’ll find? Listen to this episode and consider what matters to you, and the things in your life that bring you joy. And when you’re done, take our guest’s advice and go smile at someone.

GUEST: John Helliwell, Happiness expert, Editor, World Happiness Report, UBC professor emeritus

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