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INSIDE THIS ISSUE • Behind the Smiles With Morgan
• Grow Crystals With Your Kids Update on Our Future Home
• More Than a Cosmetic Upgrade Summertime Frozen Yogurt Pie
• The World’s Happiest Vacations
Destination: Happy People Visit the Happiest Places in the World — It’s Contagious
Visit a hustling, bustling tourist trap and what do you get? Crowds of competitive travelers and a local populace that is sick to death of them. Visit a place with happy people, and you get good service, friendly faces, and you’ll learn firsthand what Harvard researchers affirmed in a 2012 study: Happiness is contagious. Luckily for the average traveler, the places that topped a nationwide Gallup poll and the United Nations’ annualWorld Happiness Report have plenty to offer in addition to cheerful locals.
came in second place for the third consecutive year. With eight national parks, including Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic, Alaska’s 663,000 square miles are filled to the brimwith the wonders of nature.
THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY INTHEWORLD Denmark has long been the standard-bearer in this category, but this year it relinquished the title to its Scandinavian sister. Norway is home to some of the most breathtaking vistas on Earth, most notably its western fjords like the world-famous Geirangerfjord and Nærøfjord. For the citywanderer, you’ll find choice seaside restaurants and walkable streets in towns like Bergen, the country’s second-largest city, which sports rainbow architecture and a 15th- centurywaterfront. Knowing the heart of a destination begins and ends with its people. Tack on beautiful scenery and daydream-worthy activities, and you just found yourself the perfect vacation.
THE HAPPIEST STATES INTHE U.S.
If we were to tell you that Hawaii is the happiest state in the country, you probablywouldn’t
be surprised. And sure enough, Hawaii ranked first in overall happiness for the sixth consecutive year. The sunny beaches, rich culture, and perfect
weather give tourists a taste of paradise that the natives enjoy all year long.
Next in line is a state that has little in common with the Aloha State. Alaska
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