According to a fascinating website called technovelgy a group at the university of Leicester has attempted to map the average subjective feeling of well-being found in various countries. In other words, where are people the happiest? And why?
The novel y1 takes a look at what makes humans feel joyful and writing the book forced me to consider the nature of happiness. It didn’t surprise me that the number one correlation found was with good health. After that, having the necessities for survival, personal freedom and access to education all factored in. It ties into my own epiphany on the subject that humans can endure much as long as they think that they have the power to eventually improve their own situation.
And the happiest folks live where? Denmark and Switzerland, according to this study. But please note that folks in Oman, Venezuela, Malaysia, and the U.S. are all pretty content on the average as well.