For the second year in a row, Finland has been named the world’s happiest country (while the U.S. barely broke the top 20, ranked at 19th). What makes
Art For the second year in a row, Finland has been named the world’s happiest country (while the U.S. barely broke the top 20, ranked at 19th). What makes the Finnish so happy? Well, you might just have the chance to travel to Finland and learn the art of happiness firsthand, whatever that entails.Finland’s tourism board is offering a select few travelers a chance to visit the Nordic country over a three-day trip, with tours led by “happiness guides,” Finnish locals who apparently specialize in being very happy.Buy This Italian Villa for $66If you’re tired of AirBnB, here’s another option: Buy your own vacation home. One man (with a major …Read more ReadAccording to its website, the “Rent-a-Finn” contest (its actual name) will teach winners how to connect with nature and ultimately “find their calm”—evidently, staying calm is key to the Finnish art of happiness. You’ll be guided by your host on a number of tourist activities like trekking through one of Finland’s national parks, visiting a Finnish sauna, yoga in a forest, and berry-picking. Nature, too, appears to be key to the art of happiness, which doesn’t bode well for city-dwellers.Flights and expenses are covered and you’ll stay at your host’s home (or boat or lighthouse) during your stay. The contest’s website also has short profiles on its happiness hosts and their planned activities, including Petri, a local who will teach you the “empowering effect of just wandering around, listening to the silence.”So, how can you win the opportunity to wander through Finland with your very own happiness guide? You’ll have to film a short video, describing “your connection to nature” and why you want to visit the country (you’re allowed to apply with friends or family, too). Then you’ll have to complete an application online.Applications are due April 14, and winners will be selected and paired with their happiness guides shortly thereafter. Good luck! And if you don’t win, you can still wander on your own without a guide.For more from Lifehacker, be sure to follow us on Instagram @lifehackerdotcom.