It’s not uncommon to struggle to feel happy from time to time, with the various challenges that life throws at us weighing us down, but there are many ways that we can boost our happiness. These range from getting more sleep, to spending more time outdoors or consuming a healthier, more balanced diet.
Yet, many of us might feel that we’d be happier if we were in a different situation, living in a different place, where happiness was that much easier to achieve. Well, we wanted to put this idea to the test.
That’s why NiceRx has analyzed 50 countries from around the world, measuring them against a range of happiness factors, to create a guide to the happiest nations on the planet. We’ve also compared happiness levels in all 50 states for those of us who prefer the home comforts of familiar soil.
So, is there a distant land where happiness is taken as a given? Or is this just a case of the grass being greener on the other side?
Here we take a look at the ten countries with the highest overall happiness score. Are they what you were expecting? And could you see yourself living in any of these happy places?
Having looked at the top performers, we now turn our attention to those countries that didn’t rank so highly. Despite the low ratings, would you still consider a new life in these countries?
So, are you dreaming of a happier life abroad? Or are you perfectly happy with life in your country? Check out our full rankings to see how your home country stacks up on the global stage.
Having looked at the happiness levels in some of the major countries from across the world, we now turn our attention to domestic happiness. Here, we’ve looked at how each of the 50 states compare across a range of happiness-related factors and have ranked them according to an overall Happiness Score.
At the other end of the scale are the least happy states in the country. These parts of the USA perform much more poorly across our range of happiness factors, making them more difficult places to live a happy life.
Didn’t see your state in our top and bottom tables? Find it in our full ranking table below to see how it compares, and consider whether a move might be a good thing for your own personal happiness.
We wanted to find the happiest places in the world, both in the USA and globally. To do this, we divided our study into two sections, one looking at happiness levels in all 50 states, with the other comparing happiness across 50 countries from around the world.
For our state-level analysis, we used CDC data to find out the life expectancy and homicide rate in each state. We then used data from World Population Review to record the mean household income and safety rating for each state and used Data USA to find each state’s rates of mental illness and poverty.
These factors cover a range of different topics, from health and social affairs to economic matters. This provided us with a good overview of the different stresses and strains that people living in these states might experience.
Once we had collected the data, we then combined it into a single “Happiness Score” that gave equal weighting to each factor and produced an overall score out of ten. This allowed us to rank the states by their happiness levels and reveal the happiest and most unhappy parts of the country.
For our national-level study, we created a list of 50 countries to investigate. These included members of the EU and EEA, the G20, and OECD countries, along with several other major economies.
We used data from Numbeo to find the safety scores for each country, as well as each nation’s scores on the Affordability Index and Quality of Life Index. Next, we used World Bank data to find the life expectancy in each country and used Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index to record levels of perceived corruption in public life. We also took each country’s score from the 2021 World Happiness Report, which looked at a range of additional indicators.
As with the state-level portion of our study, we combined the scores for each country into a single, equally-weighted Happiness Score which allowed us to directly compare the countries, rank them according to happiness, and reveal the happiest places in the world.