It started as a rainy day, but don’t worry, be happy!
A few years ago I read The Art of Happiness: Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. At the time it was difficult for me to buy the premise that our natural state is to move towards happiness. Thank God that period of my live has passed. Over time, I’ve come to understand that moving towards happiness is preferable to the opposite trajectory.
Professor Adrian White of the University of Leicester has taken on the task of mapping the world’s supply of happiness. His paper, A Global Projection of Subjective Well-Being: A Challenge to Positive Psychology? describes his work surveying and calculating a Subjective Well Being (SWB) value for each country in the world. Perhaps someday, Gross National Happiness will eclipse the Gross National Product as a measure of a country’s greatness.
The 20 happiest nations in the World are:
5. The Bahamas
13. Costa Rica
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
18. New Zealand
20. The Seychelles
Other notable results include:
The three least happy countries were:
176. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Uh oh, my boss is from Zimbabwe…