Good Morning America: Opal Lee, Finland’s Happiness (ABC, June 19, 2024)

Good Morning America

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, Good Morning America welcomes ABC’s e-commerce editor Tory Johnson, Juneteenth activist Opal Lee, and a special report on why Finland is the happiest country in the world.

Tory Johnson, known for her love of great deals, curates “Deals & Steals” on Good Morning America, helping shoppers save big. She also chooses deals for other popular shows like The View and LIVE! Kelly & Mark. Johnson’s passion for online shopping led her to launch 40 Boxes, a marketplace featuring deals on new and fan-favorite brands.

Opal Lee, often described as the “grandmother of Juneteenth,” is an American retired teacher, counselor, and activist. Her efforts to make Juneteenth a federally recognized holiday spanned decades and included leading symbolic walks and campaigning for political figures. In 2021, her dream became a reality when President Joe Biden signed a bill into law, making Juneteenth the eleventh federal holiday. Lee’s activism earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2024.

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Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for seven consecutive years by the World Happiness Report. The report considers factors such as life evaluations, healthy life expectancy, freedom from corruption, and social connections. Finnish philosopher and psychology researcher Frank Martela attributes Finland’s happiness to a strong sense of community, good deeds, and a clear sense of purpose among its people. Finland also boasts excellent education, work-life balance, environmental quality, and life satisfaction.

“Good Morning America” airs Wednesday June 19, 2024 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT on ABC.

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