Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Happiest Place on Earth

Are Americans happy? According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, an annual ranking of 155 countries published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the United States ranks at No. 14 in the world, down a spot from last year.

The U.S. has never cracked the top 10 since the rankings were first published in 2012, when it came in at No. 11. The report involved polling of 1,000 residents per country by research organization Gallup.

At No. 1? Norway, up from No. 4 last year, followed by Denmark (last year’s No. 1), Iceland and Switzerland. These four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. “Their averages are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year,” the report said.

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