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What's the happiest country in the world? It's not the U.S. – Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin explains how Americans can be happier

The first ever "World Happiness Report" was released by the United Nations this week. It ranks the level of happiness in 156 countries around the world. Sadly, United States does not even break the top 10 (but we're holding strong at #11).

The top five countries are:
1- Denmark
2- Finland
3- Norway
4- Netherlands
5- Canada

How can American increase their happiness quotient? Soledad talks with Gretchen Rubin this morning on "Starting Point," an author literally wrote the book on happiness, called "The Happiness Project." She explains what this report means for the state of happiness in the U.S. and what people can do to increase their happiness just a little bit on a daily basis.

Read the entire report here.

We want to hear from you: Do you consider yourself to be a happy person? What are your secrets for happiness? Share in the comments section below.

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