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World's Happiest Countries

Stacker Logo By Kelsey Weekman of Stacker | Slide 1 of 100: How much of an impact can your surroundings have on your overall happiness? Though we’d like to think we all have complete control over our own emotions, where one lives can have a considerable impact on their personal well-being, and a recent study from the United Nations shows that not all places are created equal.Since 2012, the United Nations’ World Happiness Report has surveyed over 150 countries to determine a “happiness score” for each, viewing happiness itself as a strong measure of social progress and ultimately a central goal of public policy efforts.The survey asks respondents to rank their current happiness on a 1 to 10 scale where 1 indicates the worst possible life and 10 represents the best. From this data, the UN seeks to explain the score for each country using data around GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption - as well as how that country compares to “Dystopia”, a hypothetical country representing the world’s lowest averages for each of the aforementioned factors.In the United States, where the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right, shifts in scoring have dropped the country sixteen spots since 2012. Nordic nations meanwhile have been revealed to have a firm grasp on the top happiness spots. Take a look at the list of the top 100 happiest countries in the world - it might just give you something to smile about.

World's Happiest Countries

How much of an impact can your surroundings have on your overall happiness? Though we’d like to think we all have complete control over our own emotions, where one lives can have a considerable impact on their personal well-being, and a recent study from the United Nations shows that not all places are created equal.

Since 2012, the annual World Happiness Report, a study commissioned by the UN, has surveyed over 150 countries to determine a “happiness score” for each, viewing happiness itself as a strong measure of social progress and ultimately a central goal of public policy efforts.

The survey asks respondents to rank their current happiness on a 1 to 10 scale where 1 indicates the worst possible life and 10 represents the best. From this data, the UN seeks to explain the score for each country using data around GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption - as well as how that country compares to “Dystopia”, a hypothetical country representing the world’s lowest averages for each of the aforementioned factors.

In the United States, where the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right, shifts in scoring have dropped the country sixteen spots since 2012. Nordic nations meanwhile have been revealed to have a firm grasp on the top happiness spots. Take a look at the list of the top 100 happiest countries in the world - it might just give you something to smile about.

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