Well, just in case you doubted that institution’s findings, another study, this one released last week by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, has also ranked Danes No. 1 in terms of happiness and life satisfaction.
The Michigan study’s overall conclusion: Happiness is on the rise worldwide.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Denmark tops the list, since it is a perennial favorite in any survey of this ilk. There is just something about life in that Scandinavian country that is apparently better than anywhere else. But a few other countries in the top 10 do surprise…at least me: Puerto Rico. Colombia. Northern Ireland.
The 10 happiest countries in the world:
- Puerto Rico
- N. Ireland
The U.S. comes in 16th on the list, not too shabby given the sad recent years we’ve lived through.
This is the 26th edition of the U of M study, which annually surveys around 350,000 people worldwide, asking them, well, just how happy they feel.
The 10 unhappiest countries in the world:
Not many surprises there.
Check out the complete U of M rankings here.