​Passage: International Day of Happiness

It happens this week ... today, in fact ... the International Day of Happiness, so designated by the United Nations, no less.

Echoing our own Declaration of Independence, the U.N. General Assembly resolution proclaims "the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal."

And it calls on all member states "to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner."

So how, you might ask, are those member states doing?

Well, according to the World Happiness Index released just this past week, Denmark is the happiest land on Earth, with citizens there rating their happiness at more than seven (7.526 to be exact) on a scale of zero to 10.

Switzerland comes in a very close second. Other European countries -- plus Canada, New Zealand, and Australia -- round out the Top 10.

As for the United States, we finished at Number 13 ... up two spots from last year. We're just behind Austria, and just ahead of Costa Rica.

So forget your troubles, come on, get happy! Push us up in those rankings!

After all, it is spring!