Participants were asked questions related to happiness and satisfaction with life. The meta-analysis is based on the findings of over 100 different studies around the world, which questioned 80,000 people worldwide.
The 10 happiest nations in the World are:
5. The Bahamas
The US came in 23rd. Not bad considering 178 countries were evaluated. Other notable results include: 35. Germany (beer helps), 41 UK (ditto), 62. France (Soap might help), 82. China (built-in carryout), 90. Japa, 125. India, 167. Russia.
The researchers said that "... a nation's level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels followed by wealth, and then provision of education.
They also observed that the frustrations of modern life in developed countries seem to be much less significant compared to the health, financial and educational needs in other parts of the World.
In case you were wondering, the three least happy countries were in Africa: The Congo; Zimbabwe and Burundi.