March 23, 2017

Feeling Blue? Consider a Visit to the Happiest Countries In the World

21 March 2017, 01:00 | Darnell Patrick

Money Doesn't Buy Happiness (In America)

RaboDirect report finds happiest Australians make between $80,000 and $100,000

Meanwhile, creeping into the top 10 are the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

Additionally, Sachs believes the "severe deterioration" of the educational system in the USA has played a role in the country's declining happiness, noting that the percentage of students in America achieving at least a university degree has become motionless.

As you might expect, war-torn nations and economically challenged sub-Saharan African countries scored lowest, with the bottom scoring countries being the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

This was according to the 2017 World Happiness Report, which also ranked Malaysia as the 42nd happiest country among 155 nations, five places up from last year's report.

Why aren't we the happiest people on Earth? Pakistan also ranks ahead of several countries that are much more technologically advanced, including Greece and South Africa.

It is hardly surprising that happiness levels are sinking in one of the world's richest countries, and it comes down to one thing - inequality.

WHR had outlined previous year that India's GDP numbers and other positives are offset by drops in social support, thus causing it to rank very low in the 155-country list.

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Bangladesh ranked 110th among 155 countries surveyed for the report while Sri Lanka and India came in at 120 and 122.

After ranking fourth for the last two years, Norway emerged at the top, displacing three-time topper Denmark for the first time.

The United States meanwhile slipped to the number 14 spot due to less social support and greater corruption; those very factors play into why Nordic countries fare better on this scale of smiles. According to the report, the differences between these four countries are small enough to be statistically insignificant.

Unemployment caused a major fall in happiness, while for the employed quality of work could cause major variations in happiness.

The report, that measures subjective well-being by asking people in more than 150 countries about how GDP, social support, health expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perception of corruption, determine their individual life. Unfortunately, the USA has never been in the top 10, this year falling from 11th to 14th place.

Behind Norway comes - surprise surprise - a lot more annoyingly ideal Nordic countries.

While the 10 countries at the top remained the same as in a 2016 update, those in the bottom 10, which had the lowest life evaluations, showed greater variation.

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