New Study Highlights The Best Cities To Live In For A Healthy And Happy Life

It can be hard to ensure you’re doing everything right when it comes to fostering well-being and happiness—but have you ever noticed that maintaining mindfulness and healthy habits can sometimes be easier in the warmer months—or when traveling abroad?

A recent study out of the United Kingdom has confirmed the impact of five major lifestyle factors—including smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake, body weight, and diet—can have on a healthy and happy life and exactly where on earth it’s the easiest to achieve a happy lifestyle that helps increase life expectancy and decrease chronic illness.

The study analyzed 44 global cities across 10 metrics ranging, from sunshine hours to the average cost of a gym membership.

Below, the top cities that have been ranked the highest based on the levels of happiness and health of its citizens.

10. Geneva, Switzerland

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,830
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $80.23
  • Happiness levels: 7.5 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,495

 

9. Fukuoka, Japan

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,840
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $70.83
  • Happiness levels: 6.1 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,598

 

8. Stockholm, Sweden

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,803
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $50.36
  • Happiness levels: 7.3 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,424

7. Berlin, Germany

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,626
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $32.89
  • Happiness levels: 7.3 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,332

 

6. Helsinki, Finland

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,858
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $47.97
  • Happiness levels: 7.9 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,531

 

5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,662
  • Obesity levels: 20.4%
  • Happiness levels: 7.5 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,399

 

4. Frankfurt, Germany

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,662
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $48.66
  • Happiness levels: 7.3 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,332

 

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Sunshine hours: 1,912
  • Pollution score: 21.96 / 100
  • Happiness levels: 7.5 / 10
  • Average hours worked in one year: 1,346

 

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Sunshine Hours: 3,509
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $76.16
  • Happiness levels: 6.5 / 10
  • No. of outdoor activities: 1,889

 

1. Vienna, Austria

  • Sunshine Hours: 1,884
  • Cost of a monthly gym membership: $31.02
  • Happiness levels: 7.2 / 10
  • Avg. hours worked in a year: 1,400

 

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