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Why is Finland the happiest country on earth?

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In March of this s*it show of a year, Forbes magazine released a list of the happiest countries on earth. Out of all 20 countries that made the list, Finland was on the top….AGAIN.

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So what is it that makes this country so damn happy? And can Americans get some of whatever it is?

According to the annual World Happiness Report, “countries are rated based off GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.” Most of the nation’s people agree that Finland gets an A+ in all categories.

During a March 2020 interview conducted by Insider, Finland locals gave honest insight on why they are so happy to live in their country.

Here are some of the reasons:

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  • Jobs allow a great balance between work and daily life.
  • Society provides benefits, but you still have freedom.
  • “Complaining” is rare in their culture.
  • Financial support is provided by their government.
  • They don’t have big income differences between each other.
  • There is equal opportunity for all. The majority of “Finn’s” go through the exact same schooling from when they are children.
  • Fin’s LOVE to eat, drink, and mainly drink.
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While there is no 100% clear answer as to why Finland is so “happy”, it’s interesting to see and compare the differences between our own country. No matter where you live, slowing down to enjoy your life and appreciate what you have is super important. America may be lower on the “happy” list (#18), and some things are out of our control (COUGHgovernmentCOUGH), but it’s never too late to work on our own lives and well being. Don’t forget, happiness is contagious.

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Being a woman in Your 20s vs 30s: The Biggest Differences

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Is it us just us, or does life seem to get more difficult as the years go on?

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20’s are filled with the stresses of student debt, finding a job, and figuring out the person you ultimately “want to be”. It is also the decade of most people’s lives to make mistakes, be confused, and form our identities.

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So our 30’s must be alot easier…. right?

Here are some of the biggest differences between our struggles in our 20’s vs our 30’s

1.) Changes to our appearance

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Let’s face facts here, our youth doesn’t last forever. When our 30s hit, so do changes in our body. Perhaps a small wrinkle is forming or a few grey hairs are sprouting. This can lead some woman into panic mode.

News f*cking flash : YOU ARE AGING AND IT IS OKAY!!!!!

Did you look the same from when you were 10 to when you turned 20? NO. So what makes you think you should look the same from when your 20 to 30?

The pressures put on woman to maintain their “young” appearance can be exhausting. Aging is a beautiful thing, even if it seems like a difficult pill to swallow.

The irony is, many of the 30-something women I know are the most beautiful, authentic, and dynamic versions of themselves right now. They don’t want to go back to being their 22-year-old self — except, maybe, when they have a hangover.

Julia MCveigh, business insider

2.) Pressure to succeed

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Your 30s filled with a WHOLE NEW SLEW of pressures. Don’t have a great job? Hot husband? Instagram worthy photos every other day? You better get your sh*t together woman!

Those who fail to meet these ambitious milestones may feel inadequate. Those who are striving to achieve them may feel pressure to compete with their peers. And, man, is this a bummer. Once upon a time, us 20-somethings shared our mistakes with ease and humor; as a 30-something, this type of breezy, endearing vulnerability is increasingly absent.

JULIA MCVEIGH, BUSINESS INSIDER

We are all on a completely different journey – simple as that. Some people reach success when their 50, some people are secretly miserable in their Instagram perfect relationship, so who exactly made up these pressures? As difficult as it is NOT to compare ourselves, it is important to realistically remind your brain that THIS is YOUR life – and it doesn’t have to be like somebody elses.

3.) Becoming more self aware

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Often times in our 20s we are slightly more careless. (Just because we have lessons to learn DUH!) We’ll date guys who treat us like crap, spend money on ridiculous things we definitely don’t need, and perhaps indulge more then we should.

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By the time our 30s hit, most of us have matured based off everything we learned in the previous decade. Maybe we don’t spend money as carelessly or overreact to bullsh*t we know doesn’t really matter. Taking what you learn from your 20s can prevent stresses of “30s”. With age comes more self confidence – the longer you live with yourself the more you get to know that person and be comfortable in your skin.

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5 famous ladies who have survived breast cancer

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So many of us are affected by the evil “C” word…cancer. Whether you suffered yourself or watched a family member/friend go through it, cancer is a difficult battle to face.

Here are a list of 5 celebrities who were brave enough to share their story about fighting breast cancer.

1.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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In 2017, the Veep actress was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.

“One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

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Louis-Dreyfus went through 6 rounds of chemo and ultimately chose to get a double mastectomy to treat the cancer.

2.) Jane Fonda

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The 82-year-old famous actress unfortunately dealt with multiple cancer battles throughout her life,

“I’ve had a lot of cancer I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”

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In 2016, Fonda was diagnosed with breast cancer and wound up having a mastectomy to cure it.

3.) Christina Applegate

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In the summer of 2008, Christina Applegate was faced with some difficult news. Doctors found cancerous lumps in one of her breasts and decided to perform a double mastectomy. Applegate opened up On Good Morning America about her mother being a repeat breast cancer survivor, which gave her hope and strength as a woman. The actress is also planning to start a foundation to help financially assist high risk breast cancer patients who can’t afford the cost of a MRI.

4.)Hoda Kotb

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5.) Wanda Sykes

The hilarious comedian unfortunately discovered she had breast cancer after going in for a surgery to get a breast reduction. Sykes’ family history was flooded with breast cancer cases on her mother’s side, which is why she chose to get a preventative double mastectomy.

“I had both breasts removed because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer” 

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Halloween inspired nail art you won’t believe

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Who doesn’t love detailed nail art? Take a look at these incredible Halloween themed nails that may inspire your next manicure!

1.) Nightmare Before Christmas

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One of our fave Tim Burton films, these Nightmare Before Christmas nails are the perfect manicure to get in the Halloween spirit.

2.) Horror Villain Fingers

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Jason, Scream, Jigsaw, and Michael – the gang’s all here! If you’re a horror film buff, this could be a manicure dream come true.

3.) Vampire Blood

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Slightly creepy, but also sleek. These “blood” drip nails are fashionable and “spooky”.

4.) Adorable Spiders

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If you aren’t into scary nails, these might be the perfect match. Matte orange with cute polka dots/spider designs? What an adorable Halloween mani!

5.) Pretty Pumpkins!

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These nails are definitely for the fall fashionista! Get your pumpkin spice latte and show off that sleek autumn manicure!

6.) Ghost “yin and yang”

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These are just super adorable. Simple as that!

7.) Spooky meets cute

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Detailed with witches and skeletons, these nails are the epitome of Halloween,

8.) Festive Ghost

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Bright, quirky, and spooky we LOVE this manicure.

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