The Happiest Place on Earth? Norway
The annual World Happiness Report, released on Monday during an event at the United Nations, finds Norway atop the list of the world's happiest nations. Rounding out the top five are Denmark (last year's happiest country), Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The bottom five included four African countries and Syria, with the Central African Republic the most miserable of all. Citizens of more than 150 nations took part in this year's study.
The 2017 report also contains a chapter that examines why, despite the steadily improving economic situation in the United States, the "happiness level" for so many Americans appears to be falling in recent years.
"The United States," note the study's authors, "can and should raise happiness by addressing America's multi-faceted social crisis—rising inequality, corruption, isolation, and distrust—rather than focusing exclusively or even mainly on economic growth. America's crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis."
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