The 3 Happiest Places on Earth to Celebrate International Day of Happiness

first_imgLuxury Gold aims to put a smile on every traveler’s face  RYE, N.Y. – March 20, 2018 – Many products claim to make life better, but it’s an eternal truth that travel will actually make you happier. Facts bear this out: a recent study done by researchers at Cornell University found that putting money towards experiences (like a once-in-a-lifetime trip) is more likely to bring lasting happiness than spending it on material objects. With March 20, the International Day of Happiness, now upon us, Luxury Gold wants travelers not only to be happy, but wants to send them to some of the happiest places on earth. The just-released 2018 World Happiness Report lists Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland as the top five happiest places in the world. Add to that list the magical country of Bhutan, Luxury Gold’s personal favorite happy place. In fact, Bhutan is so peacefully content that it actually originated the International Day of Happiness back in 2011. A former Prime Minister of Bhutan first proposed the day to the United Nations, to focus worldwide attention on people’s happiness and well-being. Here are some spectacular Luxury Gold itineraries that visit the happiest places on earth, while letting guests feel like they’ve traveled back into the golden era of travel.  Magnificent Nepal and Bhutan: There is nowhere else in the world quite like the stunning Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan regularly reports a Gross National Happiness Index in the nineties, earning its citizens the distinction as some of the most joyous in the world. Luxury Gold’s 10-day journey to Bhutan visits the capital, Punakha Dzong, and the Buddhist sacred monastery of Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th century temple that emanates peace and features spectacular views. After an evening of Bhutanese cooking demonstrations, a private traditional mask dance and cultural show will delight guests and truly show off the joys of Bhutan.  Timeless Scandinavia: The countries of Scandinavia routinely top most lists of happiest places in the world. While on this 13-day journey, guests will enjoy days filled with delightful excursions such as visiting the Amalienborg Palaces in Copenhagen, Denmark, home to the Danish royal family, including Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary. The journey continues with a leisurely cruise through the historic waterways of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a moving recital in a museum music hall devoted to composer and pianist Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway. A truly exquisite experience is a guided kayaking expedition past awe-inspiring waterfalls and towering mountains in Geiranger, Norway. Being in the presence of these magnificent natural wonders will put a smile on any face. Majestic Switzerland: Regularly ranked among the top three happiest countries in the world, Switzerland often seems like a fantasy, with its delectable chocolates and picture-perfect vistas. On this 11-day journey, guests will stop at St. Moritz for a guided nature trip through the scenic mountains, before hopping aboard the world-famous Glacier Express for unparalleled panoramic views of snow-covered peaks. The bliss of the locals is sure to rub off during an orientation walk in Geneva, culminating with a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Ferme de l’Hospital, a 17th century farmhouse serving innovative cuisine complemented by delicious local wines. Guests who book these itineraries by April 26, 2018 can take advantage of Luxury Gold’s 5% Early Payment Discount.* Book now before this offer expires! For reservations, contact your favorite travel agent, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit  Join the conversation using the hashtags #LUXURYGOLDMOMENTS and #LUXURYGOLDVACATIONS  About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold® sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at read more

New Donegal centre hopes to tackle mental health issues and rural isolation

first_imgA NEW COMMUNITY Mental Health Service building is to be built on the campus of Donegal Community Hospital in Donegal Town.This €2 million development will deliver a modern centre for Community Mental Health services in the South Donegal area.The issue of mental health and suicide in rural areas in Ireland is something that has been raised time and time again, which is why John Hayes, the HSE Area Manager for Donegal says investment like this is what is badly needed in mental health services in Ireland’s countryside.The construction of a new purpose-built Mental Health and Child and Family Services building on the Donegal Community Hospital campus will replace and enhance those services currently provided from a number of different locations within Donegal Town.Mental health servicesThe 680 square metre two storey building has been designed as a modern, well equipped, accessible premises which is user friendly and will accommodate the needs of those availing of Mental Health services.The new centre will provide the consultant-led medical services for Adult Mental Health, Child and Family Mental Health, outpatient clinics, clinical nurse specialists, visiting psychiatry of Old Age Services amongst others.The annual report from the National Office of Suicide Prevention states that the suicide rate in the Dongal region has fallen over the past few years, but increasing numbers of suicides have been linked to rural isolation, with many campaigns beginning to target certain areas.Speaking to, Mr Hayes said that ever since the closure of large scale mental health instiutuions there has been a number of mental health initiatives launched around the region of Donegal, but he said the ideal is to have all them together, rather than have them dotted aroundJust an illness “By having our mental health services on the same campus has the regular hospital, it removes the stigma of mental illness, it can be seen as what it is – just another illness, no different,” he said.“Clearly, Donegal is an area where deprivation is high. There is high unemployment rate and there is a high medical card holders rate – about 58 per cent of the population. People in Donegal could be experiencing mental health issues because of rural isolation. You have to look at it in terms of limited services – there is a lack of public transport, therefore there can be a barrier to social supports. While others may have a lot of contact and support from others, people in rural areas can simply find it difficult to reach those supports because of where they live,” he said.“Donegal, like many other areas in Ireland has experienced suicide. In Donegal we had the suicide of the two young sisters, Erin and Shannon Gallagher. It was very difficult for the family and the community. What we have to aim to do is improve services so that they are accessible to everyone,” he said.Mr Hayes said that despite cutbacks there were a number of new initiatives launched in the last few years, such as Jigsaw, a youth mental health initiative that has been in operation for just one year.Young peopleHe said that the issue with young people and mental health problems is they don’t talk about it and they don’t want the fuss of looking for support. “The Jigsaw initiative has been hugely successful in the area. The service aims to bring young people to the service without stigma. Since it has been launched, more than 200 young people have accessed the service,” he said.Jigsaw is an initiative with no barriers, explained Mr Hayes, who said that young people can either be reffered to the service by their GP or they can self refer. “Often children and young people are wary, afraid or embarressed about going to their family doctor. This way, young people can just walk in and have a consultation with a trained consultant. The young person is offered one to six sessions free of charge. Of the 200 that have accessed the service, 50 per cent had self reffered, which just goes to show how important it is to remove the barriers and red tape to mental health services,” Hayes said.He added that he hoped this centre would become a “one stop shop” for mental health in Donegal.Column: Facing the fear – over half our population drinks in a high-risk way>Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health>last_img read more