The 2016 edition of the World Happiness Report has been released in Rome for the UN World Happiness Day, March 20th, and Canadians appear to be the 6th happiest people on the planet. This is not a big surprise, as Canada was already ranked, this past January, as the second best country to live in.
The World Happiness Report is prepared by the United Nations-backed Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and rank the happiness of 157 countries.
The overall factors for this happiness study are equally divided into two categories: government scale and human scale. Some of the key factors in this happiness ranking are: freedom from corruption, social support, freedom to make one own choices, life expectancy, culture of generosity, economy, and GDP per capita.
The report found that people are happier in countries where the inequality of happiness is the smallest. For countries with a wide gap in happiness, the people tend to be less happy as a whole.
Unfortunately, happiness inequality has increased in most countries around the world.
Here is the list on the top 10 happiest countries in the world:
8. New Zealand
The 10 least happy countries in the world are: Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
The very first report was released in 2012 to back-up a U.N. conference on happiness and well-being. Now, 5 countries (Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, Scotland and Ecuador) have officially nominated a Minister of Happiness responsible for including happiness in public policy.
The World Happiness Reports are gathering a lot of interest, reflecting the need for many governments and organizations around the world to use this data as key indicator of quality of life, in order to create policies that enable better lives.
“Gross national happiness” is a concept that was first introduced in 1972 by Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and became one of the U.N.’s priorities in 2011, placing “happiness” on the world-wide development program.
Some countries, such as Germany, South Korea, Brazil, New Zealand to name a few, have already made happiness a criteria in their decision-making process.
To read the full report, visit http://worldhappiness.report/
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