The 2016 World Happiness Report has been released ahead
of the UN World Happiness Day on March 20th 2016 by the
Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United
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
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: