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21 March 2017, 12:58 | Terri Saunders
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The report, which compiled these factors between 2013 and 2015, may have come at a time when Kenyans were living with corruption scandals, Al-Shabaab attacks, allegations of tribalism, poverty and fatal road accidents, all which are assessed to determine average happiness.
The United Nations' annual World Happiness report released Monday named Norway as the world's happiest country. "Norway achieves and maintains its high happiness not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it, " the report states, pointing out that, "By choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future rather than spending them in the present, Norway has insulated itself from the boom and bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies".
In order to raise the overall level of happiness among USA citizens, the report urges America to rebuild social capital by remedying the five factors through campaign finance reform, reducing financial inequality through new policies, improving race relations and better access to quality education.
Norway took the top spot from Denmark as the happiest country in the world. "But the data show conclusively that this is the wrong approach", the report concluded.
Singaporeans are the happiest people in Asia once again, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report. I'm not sure if we're an "elite" happy country but we're like... the Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan of happy countries?
The United States dropped in its ranking, falling behind Israel and sinking to number 14 on the list.
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According to the report, the top 10 happiest places are nearly the same as that of past year with Norway topping the poll again.
On the other side of the spectrum, we see the last places being occupied by the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, and Syria.
All the best-performing countries are the same as last year, and the year before, although their order has shifted slightly.
For example, from 2006 to 2016, the USA corruption score jumped 16 percent. A nation is more often judged to be "doing well" if its unemployment rates are low, if it has a healthy trade balance, if its currency is strong or if its GDP is increasing, all of which are empty and meaningless outside the financial markets. Generosity of donations, social support from friends and family, and Americans' sense of personal freedom has also deteriorated, according to the study.
We've got a Minister of Happiness and a ruler who even penned a book about the topic, so it's no surprise that the UAE ranks highly when it comes to the contentment of its residents.
Sachs suggested five means by which to improve social trust: campaign finance reform, policies aimed at reducing income inequality (such as public financing of health), improved social relations between native born and immigrant Americans, working to move past the fear of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and improved access to high-quality education. "Not an economic crisis".
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