The first world happiness report has finally been published. It was commissioned for the April 2nd United Nations Conference on Happiness (mandated by the UN General Assembly) and published by the Earth Institute.
The report confirms some of the results from previous happiness studies, but also gives clarity to some more debatable results. It shows that wealth makes people happy, but political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption are together more important than income in explaining well-being differences between the top and bottom countries. At the individual level, good mental and physical health, someone to count on, job security and stable families are crucial.
The report also reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy. It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.
Download the report here.