Following a proposal from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, a Buddhist Kingdom in South Asia with a Minister of Happiness and a day of happiness, the UN General Assembly declared March 20th as the World Happiness Day in 2012.
The report is an analysis of Gallup World Poll data generated from surveys of 1,000 people in each country every year for three years. They were asked to evaluate their lives on a ladder scale of zero to 10.
According to the report, the key ingredients of happiness are; longer life expectancies, more social support, more freedom to make life choices, lower perceptions of corruption, more generosity, less inequality of happiness and high gross domestic product per capita.
The top ten on the list were:
Other countries were ranked as follows: United States (13), Israel (11) and Austria (12). Germany (16), United Kingdom (23), Japan (53), Russia (56) and China (83) and India (118) UK (23), Brazil (17), and Nigeria (103).
The bottom ten on the list were: