The World Happiness Report, a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. The first report was published in 2012.
Here’s how it works: leading experts in the fields of economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations.
In its 2015 report 158 countries were ranked based on how people answered questions about the quality of their lives. The U.S., which is number one in the world in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was ranked 15th in happiness. The 10 happiest countries are Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia, respectively.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, “Even though the U.S. is very rich, we’re somehow not getting the benefits of all this affluence.” While income has risen, the country’s sense of social cohesion has declined. It goes to show… money may talk but who is listening?
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