Philosophical / Social issues

Are you happy? And really?

happinessHappiness may be the simplest yet the most sophisticated concept over the long journey of human history. Many believe that being happy is the key of living. But what is happiness and how to be happier? Is it smiling, loving and being loved? Perhaps not always. The World Happiness Reports by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) has shed some lights on those questions. According to the reports, happiness is a long-term subjective well-being rather than a flash of emotion. Happiness in this sense is indeed measurable and manageable. Three-quarters of the difference in happiness on a national scale can be explained by six factors: GDP per capital, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

Our interactive map pinpoints the happiness score on a range of 0 to 10, sourced from the latest World Happiness Report 2015. The bubble size represents each country’s population from the World Bank. Click here to find out where the happy and unhappy people live, and how many of us in the world are happy and unhappy.

Continue reading about how happiness changed in the last decade in our follow-up article. In one of our next articles we will dig deeper into the six predictors of happiness. See you soon!

3 thoughts on “Are you happy? And really?

  1. Pingback: Who became happier in the past decades? | The DataJournalist

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