“This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well‐being. It’s not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust and good health.”
Recognising the importance of happiness and well-being as “universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people around the world,” the United Nations General Assembly established The International Day of Happiness in 2012.
The study, which was first released in 2012, looked at such factors as healthy life expectancy, the presence of social support systems, freedom to make choices and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, that determine most of the variations in people’s well-being over time and among countries.
For the first time, researchers broke down the data by gender, age and region.
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 recession, saw a considerable drop in the happiness of its people.
Marred by political and civil unrest, Egypt also saw a drop in happiness, followed by Italy, which ranked number 50.
*This corrects the earlier report we published on March 28 saying that Rwanda was ranked the African nation with the happiest people. – Sundiata Post.