A UN Study Explains Why The US Population Is Getting Sadder

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The International Day of Happiness is celebrated around the world every March 20.

As per details, Pakistan has been ranked 80th while India stands at 122 in the World Happiness Report 2017.

Im comparison, the unhappiest countries in the world are Central African Republic, Burundi and Tanzania respectively.

Other top countries on the list included Nordic neighbours Denmark and Iceland, as well as nearby Switzerland.

"Let's hold our leaders to this fact", said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Solutions Network initiative that released the report. The report has been published at annual intervals ever since 2012, and Nordic countries have consistently dominated the top spots.

A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

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The rankings are based on six factors which include healthy life expectancy, generosity, per capita gross domestic product, freedom, social support and absence of corruption in government or business, according to The Guardian. While the building blocks of a satisfying life are universal, happiness levels vary from country to country. Unfortunately, the US has never been in the top 10, this year falling from 11th to 14th place. But what about the U.S.?

Happiness, Mahatma Gandhi said, is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

The authors then try and analyse other data - like life expectancy and the economy - to figure out how much each factor contributes to being happy.

"The predominant political discourse in the United States is aimed at raising economic growth, with the goal of restoring the "American dream" and the happiness that is supposed to accompany it".

Additionally, Sachs believes the "severe deterioration" of the educational system in the US has played a role in the country's declining happiness, noting that the percentage of students in America achieving at least a university degree has become motionless.

Further abetting that destruction has been the country's reaction following the September 11 attacks, which, Sachs writes, "was to stoke fear rather than appeal to social solidarity" and begin "an open-ended global war on terror, appealing to the darkest side of human nature".

Sweden has consistently ended up high in this kind of lists for decades, thanks to relatively strong social support, affluence and comparatively honest and accountable governments.

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