Who’s the Happiest Country in the World?

The 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings Report surveyed citizens of 145 countries and found Panama (again) to be the country with the highest level of well-being. The survey consisted of 5 elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Rankings were based on the proportion of the population that reported to be thriving in 3 or more of these elements.

53% of Respondents from Panama reported to be thriving in at least 3 of the categories, with Costa Rica and Puerto Rico rounding out the top 3. Afghanistan came in last with 0% reporting to be thriving. The United States ranked 23 at 30.5%. Out of the top 10, the Americas hold 7 spots and report the world’s highest overall well-being.

The 10 Countries with the Highest Level of Well-Being:

  • Panama 53.0%
  • Costa Rica 47.6%
  • Puerto Rico 45.8%
  • Switzerland 39.4%
  • Belize 38.9%
  • Chile 38.7%
  • Denmark 37.0%
  • Guatemala 36.3%
  • Australia 35.6%
  • Mexico 35.6%

The 10 Countries with the Lowest Level of Well-Being:

  • Ghana 5.6%
  • Haiti 5.3%
  • Benin 4.8%
  • Ivory Coast 4.5%
  • DR Congo 4.1%
  • Tunisia 4.0%
  • Togo 3.9%
  • Cameroon 3.1%
  • Bhutan 3.0%
  • Afghanistan 0.0%

Higher well-being is correlated with a countries stability and resiliency. These include: healthcare, trust in elections and institutions, stress levels, food and shelter, security, and a willingness to help others.

The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index is the most proven, mature, and comprehensive method to measure well-being.

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