Considering what people are facing these days (the ongoing pandemic, global inflation, growing economic uncertainty, and tensions between countries), being happy can seem like more of an effort than ever. While some people may think that happiness means living a luxurious lifestyle or becoming famous, research shows that happiness actually lies in a few much more basic things, such as clean water, affordable healthcare, and a healthy work-life balance.
Since 2012, the United Nations has released its World Happiness Report every year, ranking more than 150 countries from the happiest to the least happy. The score is based on responses from adults representing all walks of life to “Cantril’s Staircase,” a challenge that asks participants to rate their quality of life on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 represents the worst possible life (or below). rung) and 10 represents the best rung (or higher rung).
In addition to revealing the quality of life of its participants, the report considers six key variables, which include gross domestic product per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and lack of corruption; It also explores the link between government and happiness, the effects of prosocial behavior, and how information technology has changed the way we communicate and inform each other.
Using data from World Happiness Report 2022, Stacker compiled the 50 happiest countries in the world, from least happy (#50) to happiest (#1). This research includes the impact of the pandemic in each country. Read on to find out which countries are home to some of the happiest people on the planet.
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