Finland was number 1 in 156 countries in the World Happiness Report 2019, followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The United States ranked 19th. The top countries ranked high in terms of all the main factors responsible for satisfaction: care, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.
Finland was number 1 among 156 countries in 2019, followed by Denmark and Norway.
"Governments define the institutional and political framework in which individuals, companies and governments operate," the authors wrote. "The connections between government and happiness work in both directions: what governments do affects happiness, and vice versa, the happiness of citizens in most countries determines what kind of government they support."
The "World Happiness Report" surveyed 1,000 inhabitants per country by the Gallup research organization. If necessary, Gallup obtains permission from national, regional and local governments. "Happier people are not only more concerned with politics and elections, they are also more likely to vote for incumbent parties," the report concludes.
Overwhelming people report that they feel worst at the same time in their life no matter where they live. "There is growing evidence worldwide that adults at their best age have problems, especially if they are poorly educated," Dartmouth College economist David Blanchflower wrote in a study released on Monday. "This is particularly evident in the United States, where the number of deaths from despair, especially drug poisoning and suicide, has increased rapidly."
Overwhelming people report that they feel worst at the same time in their lives: their lowest ebb beat when they hit 50.
Blanchflower examined 41 countries using multiple data sets to show how the accident reached a high point in the middle of life. What he found was similar in all countries: people were lowest when they reached 50.
"Many people hurt," he wrote. “All of this happens with unemployment rates at historic lows in many countries with rates below 4%, including the Czech Republic (2.2%), Germany (3.1%), Hungary (3.5%), Israel (3.4 %), Japan (2.4%); Malta (3.4%); Iceland (3.5%); Mexico (3.6%); the Netherlands (3.5%), Norway (3.9%), Poland (3.2%), South Korea (3.5%), the USA (3.5%) and Great Britain (3.8%). "
Blanchflower found an inverted happiness curve in 15 measurements of dissatisfaction, including despair, anxiety, sadness, insomnia, loneliness, fatigue, depression, tension, under stress, and more. He put forward some theories as to what lies behind this "misfortune curve": First, people learned to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses, he said, "and in middle life they conquer their impossible aspirations."
The only group that started to decline in optimism in the 1970s were whites with lower degrees.
Second, people compare in the middle of life, but maybe in contrast to Instagram scrolling
Millennials don't despair of their peers' lives. In retrospect, they get a more accurate, contextual picture of people's lives. You might think, "I saw school friends die and I came at some point to honor my blessing throughout my remaining years," he said.
Third, according to Blanchflower, studies indicate that optimistic people live longer and that “both women and blacks became more optimistic in the 1970s due to rights improvements, the only group that started to be less optimistic, less than white people who studied – or less than high school in those days – just when the first wave of manufacturing was declining. "