2017 World Happiness Report

Contributor: Robert A. Creo, Esq.
Robert A. Creo has over 35 years of practical experience in the dispute resolution field as an attorney, author, arbitrator, mediator, special master and educator.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University School of Law and has previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Creo is the Principal of The Happy! Effective Lawyer, LLC affiliate of The Joyful Lawyer Blog.

Statistics from www.worldhappiness.report

According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, the top ten happiest countries are as follows:

  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Sweden

The report showed a decline in American happiness that pointed to a social crisis as opposed to an economic crisis. The U.S. was down from number 13 to number 14.

The report pays special attention to the social foundations of happiness for individuals and nations. It starts with global and regional charts showing distribution of answers from approximately 3,000 respondents in each of more than 150 countries.

The top ten countries have remained the same as last year although some have switched places. Six key variables are surveyed for happiness, each of which digs into a different aspect of life.

These six factors are GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations). All of the top ten countries rank high in all six of these factors.

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