In looking at the world’s 25 most content nations, happiness may be more than just a state of mind. The world’s happiest countries are likely to be more affluent, and citizens have greater personal freedom to make life choices, have a strong support network, and have a relatively long healthy life expectancy.
Western European and North American countries tend to have the happiest populations, while residents of countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East are most likely to be unhappy.
To identify the happiest countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed The World Happiness Report 2018 produced by the UN-initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Researchers used a range of survey data from the 2015-2017 Gallup World Poll to rank happiness levels in 156 countries. Healthy life expectancy data for each country were obtained from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.