Finish Line: The world's happiest countries
Finland is the happiest country in the world, according to the 11th World Happiness Report, from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
- The U.S. ranks 15th.
🔭 Zoom in: Benevolence surged across the globe, driven by neighbors helping neighbors through the pandemic, the authors note.
- As we've reported, Americans donated more money after COVID hit than in previous years.
🖼️ The big picture: The report, which uses data from the Gallup World Poll, found that happier people tend to help others.
- The top-ranked countries had smaller gaps between the happiest and least happy residents.
Finland ranked highest in "Average Life Evaluation."
- The bottom-ranked countries were Lebanon (136) and Afghanistan (137), which are beset by political instability and conflict.
☀️ One bright spot: "Despite the magnitude of suffering and damage in Ukraine, life evaluations … remained high … supported now by a stronger sense of common purpose, benevolence, and trust in Ukrainian leadership," the 166-page report says.
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