Are You Happy?

Is happiness the newest measure of success? Meet Adrian White, a social psychologist from the UK. White analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, and other sources to create a global projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness.

The meta-analysis is based on the findings of over 100 different studies involving 80,000 people worldwide. For this study, data has also been analysed in relation to three biggies: health, wealth and access to education.

There is a belief that capitalism leads to unhappy people. Maybe not. When people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in countries with good health care, a higher GDP per capita, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.

“We were surprised to see countries in Asia scoring so low, with China 82nd, Japan 90th and India 125th. These are countries that are thought as having a strong sense of collective identity which other researchers have associated with well-being.

“It is also notable that many of the largest countries in terms of population do quite badly. With China 82nd, India 125th and Russia 167th it is interesting to note that larger populations are not associated with happy countries.”

So, who’s happy now?
The 20 happiest nations in the World are:
1. Denmark

2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Iceland
5. The Bahamas
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Bhutan 9.
Brunei 10.
Canada 11.
Ireland 12.
13. Costa Rica
14. Malta
15. The Netherlands

Other notable results include:
23. USA

35. Germany
41. UK
62. France
82. China
90. Japan
125. India
167. Russia

The three least happy countries were:
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo 177. Zimbabwe 178. Burundi

Source: Science Daily