Not only are Canadians happy it’s the first day of spring, but we’re a happy bunch in general. At least that’s according to a new study.
The report ranked 155 countries. According to The Associated Press, “the economists have been ranking countries since 2012, but the data used goes back farther so the economists can judge trends.
The rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. In those surveys, people give scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is and how generous they are.
Norway moved from No. 4 to the top spot in the report’s rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are averaged over three years from 2014 to 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top 5”.
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So where did Canada rank? This year our country came in 7th place, down just one spot from last year in the World Happiness Report.
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The lead author of the report is an economist at the University of British Columbia John Helliwell asked “It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it? The material can stand in the way of the human.”
The U.S placed 14th down from 13th last year. Central African Republic fell to last on the happiness list, and is joined at the bottom by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda.
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