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The World’s Happiest Nations

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With all of the evil lurking in this world and the negativities that we watch on the news every day, it is a breath of fresh air to hear news about happy people in the face of our planet.

The United Nations declared March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. This celebration recognized that happiness is one of the primary goals in every individual’s life.

According to the World Happiness Report, most of the happiest countries are located in the Scandinavian region. The ranking for the world’s happiest countries is based on the following: social support, life expectancy report, gross domestic product per capita, generosity, low perception on corruption and freedom in making choices in life. Here is the list of the top ten happiest countries in the world.

1. Denmark
Denmark grabbed the first place as the happiest country in the world. Iconic places to visit in Denmark which will surely make you happy are the Tivoli Gardens and the King’s Garden at Rosenborg Castle. These are popular picnic spots for the locals especially during summertime.

2. Norway
The Norweigan warm smile brings the country to the second spot. The country offers scenic views and mountaineering experience for the adventurous people.

3. Switzerland
Skiers will delight in the landscape of Switzerland with its ski slope regions in the town of Zermatt. Hikers will also be treated to mountain trekking in the renowned Matterhorn.

4. Netherlands
The spring season in Holland turns the iconic tulip into bloom. Visitors from around the globe visit the happy country to see the various varieties of flowers in this blessed nation.

5. Sweden
Get lost and explore the medieval city in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. And then take a walk through the first urban park in the world, the city’s Royal National Park.

6. Canada
When in Canada, explore the Islands of the People, the home of the Haidas. The rich culture and landscape of Canada will leave you wanting for more.

7. Finland
Get excited to see the Northern Lights in your trip to Finland while enjoying the view from an igloo.

8. Austria
Vienna’s famed Musikverein’s Golden hall will bring sweet music to your ears with a combination of chocolate Sacher torte, your trip will be a mouth watering experience.

9. Iceland
Take a dip at the country’s Blue Lagoon and then head for an adventure to Snafellsjokull National park and be awed with the views of breath taking glaciers and mountain tops.

10. Australia
Wrapping up the tenth spot is Australia. The Australian waters hold the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Great Barrier Reef. This is a must see 344,400 kilometer stretch of coral reefs teeming with marine life.

How ISIS Lures The Youths Of The West

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For the past months since the extremist group ISIS came into power in Iraq and Syria, several Westerners have joined the group. So what prompted these young promising individuals to leave behind a great career and future and join the terror group?

Recently a group of Westerners joined the ISIS. These were medical students coming from America, Great Britain and Canada. This story is not new. Several young people give up their comfortable lives in the democratic West to join the terrorist group that forcefully declared itself as the governing body of the Islamic state in the Middle East.

Last February, it was also reported that three teenage girls from United Kingdom were en route to Syria in hopes of joining the radical group. There was no news that followed regarding the whereabouts of the three girls.

To date, at least 3,400 Westerners have already made their way to Iraq or Syria to take part in the cause of ISIS. This data was given by the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Nicholas Rasmussen.
Given the overwhelming statistics, one cannot deny that ISIS has been successful in their campaign to lure the Westerners in joining them. How did they do this?

ISIS has eyes on the new generation

Most of the recruits of ISIS are young, vigorous, ambitious and adventurous teenagers trying to find their purpose in life and trying to make a unique mark.

ISIS campaigns to find new recruits by painting a picture of camaraderie, purposeful endeavor and respect. This propaganda is designed to boost the group’s self esteem and attract friends, colleagues and random teenagers to join the cause. An inviting adventure trip sets the trap for most of these youngsters.

What is even more alarming is that there are many recruits of the group that come from well off families and are educated. One recruit, Abu Anwar from Britain said that he had a good life in his hometown. Life was easy. He had a car and grew up in a middle class family. The problem was that you cannot practice the religion of Islam freely in Britain. He further pressed that he sees evil around him: homosexuality, rape, pedophiles and other crimes. For him, joining ISIS would be the most logical step to solve these societal problems.