It’s good news for the Danes as their country tops the chart as the world’s happiest.
Switzerland, Iceland and Norway followed closely, according to the World Happiness Report 2016. The report, which is created by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, highlights how content UN member countries are based on earnings, living standards, employment, mental health and family stability — the findings of which help policymakers create more fulfilled societies. Report editor Prof. John Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research,explains the meaning behind the results.
What are the main sources of happiness this year?
– There are still very large differences among countries in their average happiness, as well as in the distribution of happiness within each country and region. Six key factors continue to account for most of the differences between the most and least happy countries: income per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, perceived freedom to make life choices, corruption and generosity.