World’s unhappiest people in Togo, Burundi, Rwanda, Syria, Benin – Report

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By Maria CaspaniNEW YORK – Switzerland has the world’ happiest people, according to researchers a released on Thursday, April 23.

the annual World Happiness Report, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada followed the rankings measured happiness and well-being levels 158 countries.

The , produced by the Development Solutions Network (SDSN), found the most unhappy people lived Togo, Burundi, Syria, Benin and .

“The aspiration society is the flourishing its members,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director the Earth Institute at Columbia University in York, where the report was presented.

“This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well‐being. It’ not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust and good health.”

Recognising the importance happiness and well-being as “universal goals and aspirations in the lives people around the world,” the United Nations General Assembly established The International Day Happiness in 2012.

The , which was first released in 2012, looked at such factors as healthy life expectancy, the presence support systems, to make choices and gross domestic product () per capita, determine most of the variations in people’ well-being over time and among countries.

For the first time, researchers broke down the data by gender, age and region.

They found , on average, women’s assessments of their happiness were slightly higher than those of , and young people globally are happier than older people.

Nine of the 10 countries this year were also at the in the 2013 study, athough the ranking has changed. In 2013, Denmark held the spot.

Changes in how people evaluated their lives comparing data from the 2005-2007 period to 2012-2014 showed the impact of the global financial crisis on national happiness.

For example, Greece, which was badly hit by the economic , saw a considerable drop in the happiness of its people.

Marred by and civil unrest, Egypt also saw a drop in happiness, followed by Italy, which ranked number 50.

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]”Of the 125 countries with data available for both 2005-2007 and 2012-2014, there were 53 countries with significant improvements, 41 with significant worsening, and 36 without significant change,” said the report.

People’s happiness and well-being should be taken into account in the Development Goals that adopted by the United Nations later this year, experts said.

*This corrects the earlier report we published on March 28 saying that ‎was ranked the African nation with the happiest people. – Sundiata Post.