Coinciding with today, March 20, being the International Day of Happiness for 2017, the World Happiness Report was just released. The report determined that the happiest place on Earth is Norway.
The BBC reports that the happiness of people in each country was measured by asking them to assess their life using a ladder with steps valued at 0 to 10. Norway, at No. 1, came up with an average of 7.54, while the lowest-ranked country, Central African Republic, averaged 2.69.
Ranking behind Norway are Denmark at No. 2, Iceland at No. 3, Switzerland at No. 4 and Finland at No. 5. The U.S. came in at No. 14.
“This year’s report also contains a chapter titled ‘restoring American happiness,’ which examines why happiness levels in the United States are falling, despite constantly increasing economic improvement,” the BBC notes.
The report’s authors said: “The United States 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.”
They added: “America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis.”