The survey also reflected that Americans were getting less happy even as their country became richer.
The researchers then analysed the perceived happiness levels in each country alongside data on six categories - GDP per capita, social support, healthy life, expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption - to look for potential reasons why people in certain areas may be happier than others. What is different for 2018 is that the poor United States of America, a country that went from 13th to 14th place last year, tumbled to 18th place this year. The top 10 is rounded out by Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia. Britain was 19th and the United Arab Emirates 20th. "The trends are not good, and the comparative position of the USA relative to other high-income countries is nothing short of alarming". While income per capita has increased markedly in the U. "U.S. policymakers should take note. S.: more inequality, less trust, less confidence in government", the head of the SDSN, Prof.
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"The main issue for the U.S.is not the lack of means to address the crises of public health and declining well-being", he says. Again... Finland topped the world.
Most notably, it found that the happiness of a country's immigrants is nearly identical to that of its population at large - indicating, Dr. Helliwell said in an interview, that "people essentially adjust to the average happiness level of the country they're moving to".
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Although happiness and other squishy subjective experiences such as love are notoriously hard to measure - still, every year The Global Happiness Council sets out to objectively study and quantity happiness levels of various countries around the world.
"Rather, perhaps the major practical barrier is corporate lobbying that keeps unsafe corporate practices in place and imposes untold burdens on the poor and vulnerable parts of the US population, coupled with the failure of the American political system to address and understand America's growing social crisis".
In the United States, by contrast, life expectancy was 4.3 lower than the average of these top five countries, and that gap "likely widened further in 2016 in view of the absolute decline in USA life expectancy". Nigeria scored 27 per cent and is on 148th spot with Cosmoros and Guinea.More news: This Is Us: what we'd like to see in Season 3
On tolerance towards newcomers, the document found that while the least accepting countries were those in Europe that have been directly affected by the recent migrant crisis, four were in the Middle East and North Africa - among them Israel, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.