Canada among the happiest countries in the world - The Globe and Mail
Link to the report
www.earth.columbia.edu/sitefi...s%20Report.pdf (external - login to view)
First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations - The Earth Institute - Columbia University (external - login to view) The report shows that, where happiness is measured by how happy people are with their lives:
■Happier countries tend to be richer countries. But more important for happiness than income are social factors like the strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom.
■Over time as living standards have risen, happiness has increased in some countries, but not in others (like for example, the United States). On average, the world has become a little happier in the last 30 years (by 0.14 times the standard deviation of happiness around the world).
■Unemployment causes as much unhappiness as bereavement or separation. At work, job security and good relationships do more for job satisfaction than high pay and convenient hours.
■Behaving well makes people happier.
■Mental health is the biggest single factor affecting happiness in any country. Yet only a quarter of mentally ill people get treatment for their condition in advanced countries and fewer in poorer countries.
■Stable family life and enduring marriages are important for the happiness of parents and children. • In advanced countries, women are happier than men, while the position in poorer countries is mixed. • Happiness is lowest in middle age.
As case studies, the report describes in detail how happiness is measured in Bhutan and the United Kingdom, and it lays out how the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development plans to promote standard methods of data collection in different countries. The report itself proposes two evaluative questions that should be asked by social surveys of representative populations in all countries:
■Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? (where 0 means extremely unhappy, and 10 means extremely happy)
■All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole nowadays? (where 0 means extremely dissatisfied and 10 means extremely satisfied.)