Second, a forthright attack on the real sources of social crisis would have a much larger and more rapid beneficial effect on US happiness. But the report also tries to analyse statistics to explain why one country is happier than another.
It surveys countries based on income, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
An index of changes from 2005-07 to 2014-16 shows that Nicaragua is the most improved country in happiness, followed by Latvia and Sierra Leone. It has now jumped three spots to become the happiest country in the world.
In order to raise the overall level of happiness among USA citizens, the report urges America to rebuild social capital by remedying the five factors through campaign finance reform, reducing financial inequality through new policies, improving race relations and better access to quality education.
Other neighbouring countries which saw a more cheery placing included Thailand (from 33 to 32), Vietnam (96 to 94) and the Philippines (82 to 72).
Norway sped ahead from fourth place a year ago to steal the top spot in the annual rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data on approximately 3,000 respondents in each of more than 150 countries. Also making the very Scandinavian top 5 are Iceland and Finland, with Switzerland being the odd one out by occupying fourth place.
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In fact, among the wealthier countries the differences in happiness levels had a lot to do with "differences in mental health, physical health and personal relationships: the biggest single source of misery is mental illness", the report said. Everything from poor life expectancy and job dissatisfaction to lack of social support and trust in government and business.
A new report reveals that happiness levels in the US are falling. Job variety, level of autonomy and balance are other significant drivers according to Oxford Professor and study co-author Jan-Emmanuel De Neve.
"The research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors". "Unemployment causes a major fall in happiness, and even for those in work the quality of work can cause major variations in happiness".
Happiness in America is on a decline, according to a new report released Monday. The country is ranked 79th.
The U.N. General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day in 2012, recognizing "happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world".
Americans think government corruption is on the rise in the country - up 15% since 2006.