World Happiness Report Names The Happiest Countries
The results are in for which countries are the happiest. On April 23, 2015 the third World Happiness Report was released. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for the United Nations collected the data.
The people that live in the happiest places tend to have longer life expectancies, more support from the government, they are subject to more generosity, don’t believe there is much, if any, corruption in their country and they have a higher GDP per capita.
The data is collected from 158 countries and observes, “the reasons behind the statistics,” according to the SDSN. The World Happiness Report suggests that, “Well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development.” Professionals in various fields such as economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health and public policy use their understanding of their specialties to find ways in which happiness and well-being can be effectively applied in order to help nations grow.
According to The World Happiness Report, this year in particular is very important. It will be a huge turning point in which countries in the UN will adopt Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These SDGs will serve as tools for global development and as a guide for sustainable development. The hope is that the ideas behind the concepts of happiness will be able to help in making progress in the direction of sustainable development.
According to the Director of the Well-Being Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, “There is no single key to happiness. All of these countries do well in several ways. Being rich? That’s good, but it’s only a modest part of the story. Trusting society, having a government that ranks on low in corruption, a society where people are generous and volunteering — all of these are important for happiness,” reported CNN.