According to the 2013 World Happiness Report released by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, it’s the folks living in Denmark.
Followed by those living in…
The United States clocks in at number 17.
The U.S. ranks ahead of the United Kingdom (#22), but behind Canada (#6) and Australia (#10). However, the U.S. ranks well above Japan (#43), Russia (#68), and China (#93).
The report tracks changes in happiness over time and reveals that among the 130 countries surveyed, happiness levels have significantly improved over the last five years in 60 countries, while decreasing in 41.
Mental Health is Key Influencer.
According to the report, some studies indicate that mental health is the greatest influencer of happiness. The study’s authors suggest that governments wishing to improve happiness levels should invest in treating the mentally ill. Even in rich countries, less than one-third of mentally ill people are in treatment.
If you live in the U.S., you can learn more and support the millions of Americans dealing with mental health issues (and their families) at www.nami.org
Additionally, the report identifies that happy people…
- live longer
- are more productive
- earn more
- are better citizens