The 2013 World Happiness Report was sponsored by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network with the purpose to present happiness levels, as well as their contributors and consequences.
Why did the Unite Nations bother with this 156-nation survey?
As one of the report’s editors, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, said,
“There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be more closely aligned with what really matters to people as they themselves characterize their well-being. More and more world leaders are talking about the importance of well-being as a guide for their nations and the world.”
To that, I say “Amen!”
The next several blog posts will be further exploring the report- and what it means to you.
Today we will focus on the overview of findings.
The countries with the highest levels of happiness are:
The United States ranks at Number 17, with Mexico one above and Canada taking the number six spot.
Thankfully, the world has become a happier place since the last report, The World Happiness Report 2012.
We also see a trend of greater generosity, which significantly contributes to happiness.
The 2007-2008 financial crisis took a toll on some happiness, mot notably in those countries hardest hit.
Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa noted an increase in quality of life.
The greatest predictors of positive emotions are:
- Social support
- Freedom to make life choices
The take home message for you?
- Cultivate your relationships- Reach out and chat with a friend, invite a colleague out to lunch, call your mother. Having good support boost happiness.
- Be generous- every day look for ways to help out others. They- and you- will benefit.
- Celebrate your freedom- rather than focus on areas you have limited control, look for and enjoy the places in your life when you have freedom.
Try one of these steps today and report back to us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dr.Elizabeth.Lombardo