A smiley face is seen on a sunflower in a sunflower field in Lawrence, Kan. Sept. 7, 2016 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash.A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.Income in the United States has gone up over the past decade, but happiness is declining.Studying happiness may seem frivolous, but serious academics have long been calling for more testing about people's emotional well-being, especially in the U.S. In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people's lives.Norway moved from No. 4 to the top spot in the report's rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are averaged over three years from 2014 to 2016 . At a certain point extra money doesn't buy extra happiness, Helliwell and others said.
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