Where we live has a clear and convincing impact on our overall well-being, including our ability to become and stay happy. Each country has an individual culture and social order. These influence how individuals perceived themselves and their role in the larger society. Country of residents influences our opportunities for creative growth and interpersonal connections (both of which are vital for happiness.)
The Gallup polling organization has recently completed the most extensive survey research to learn which countries have the happiest people and why. In this article I have collected the major news stories about this research, Gallup’s own analysis, and the original journal article. Results are particularly troubling for the US since we do not fare very well in the rankings (related to our poor performance in education and health care.) The top countries include several from Scandinavia and Central America. Click below to read all about this important and innovative research.