Norway jumped three spots and Displaced three-time winner Denmark to select the title of “world’s Happiest country” for the very first time.
Denmark has won the title three of the four times the report was issued, while Switzerland has won the title just once.
The United States came in 14th place, dropping one place from this past year.
Germany Came in 16th spot for the second calendar year, while the United Kingdom moved place.
Happiness is many things
Happiness isn’t just about money, though it’s part of it.
Real gross domestic product per capita is among the vital measurements, said the report.
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Not just about the money
Norway Rose to the peak of the rankings despite declines in oil prices, demonstrating that what countries do with their money — not just the increase in finances — matters.
“it is a remarkable case in point,” said report co-editor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia.
“By Opting to generate oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the Volatile ups and downs of a number of other oil-rich economies.”
“This Focus on the future within the current is made simpler by elevated levels Of mutual trust, shared goal, generosity and decent governance,” added Helliwell, Who’s also co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
“All of them are found in Norway, in addition to in the other top nations.”
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Happiness on the job
This year’s report also focused on happiness at work.
“People Tend to devote the vast majority of their lives working, therefore it’s crucial to understand the role that employment and unemployment play in shaping Happiness,” explained Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
“The research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors.”
De Neve, who co-authored the report’s chapter on happiness at work, added That people in well-paid roles are happier, but money is just one predictive measure of happiness.
“Work-life balance, job variety and the amount of autonomy are other vital drivers,” explained De Neve.
“There Is a very clear distinction in happiness between white and blue collar jobs with managers or professionals evaluating the quality of their lives at a much higher level than those in manual labor jobs even controlling for any possible confounding factors.”
The report focused on other elements affecting happiness.
“In rich countries the biggest single cause of misery is mental illness,” said Professor Richard Layard, director of the Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance.
The birth of ‘Gross National Happiness’
Credit Goes to the small country of Bhutan for shining a light on happiness. Its prime minister first proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations in 2011 and launched an global center on happiness.
The U.N. General Assembly announced March 20 as World Happiness Day at 2012, recognizing “happiness and well-being as universal objectives and aspirations in the lives of human beings across the globe.”
The First of five World Happiness Reports was initially released in April 2012 In combination with this U.N. High Level Meeting on pleasure and well-being. Since 2012, many governments and governmental organizations have made well-being or happiness a priority.
In February, the United Arab Emirates held a full-day World Happiness meeting. There was World Happiness Summit in Miami on March 17-19, while Erasmus University in Rotterdam is hosting three-day meeting on happiness research and policy starting Monday.