The happiest — and most miserable — countries on earth

National Theatre of Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. Source: Shutterstock
National Theatre of Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. Source: Shutterstock

Where you live may have a major impact on how happy you are.

According to Gallup’s 2015 Global Emotions report, released on Thursday, the saddest people in the world often (and not surprisingly) live in countries in turmoil — economic or otherwise. Indeed, the countries with the highest levels of negative experiences among residents (defined as often feeling pain, worry, sadness, stress and/or anger on the previous day) were, in this order: Iraq (which has been No. 1 on this list now for three years), Iran, Cambodia, Liberia, South Sudan, Uganda, Cyprus, Greece, Togo, Bolivia and the Palestinian Territories.

This survey is based on nearly 153,000 interviews with adults in 148 countries last year.

But perhaps more surprisingly is who leads the world in happiness: For the first time since Gallup began doing this survey, all of the top 10 countries that are the happiest in the world (defined as having residents who are well-rested, treated with respect, smiling or laughing a lot, learning something new or doing something interesting or feeling enjoyment often during the previous day) were in Latin America.

Here are the 5 happiest countries on earth:

Encarnacion, Paraguay. Source: Shutterstock
Encarnacion, Paraguay. Source: Shutterstock

Paraguay

With a score of 89 out of 100 for on the positive experience index, Paraguay is the happiest country on earth. The report reveals that the reason Latin America dominates the happiest list “at least partly reflects the cultural tendency in the region to focus on the positives in life.”

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Street of the Candelaria neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia. Source: Shutterstock
Street of the Candelaria neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia. Source: Shutterstock

Colombia

Colombia scores the No. 2 spot on this list with a score of 84 out of 100. The authors of the report note that Latin American countries score highly on the happiness scale thanks in part to having a high degree of personal freedom and good social networks.

Plaza de la Independencia, Quito, Ecuador. Source: Shutterstock
Plaza de la Independencia, Quito, Ecuador. Source: Shutterstock

Ecuador

Ecuador — long a staple on “best countries to retire in” lists — now has another perk to recommend it: happy residents. It ties with Colombia (with a score of 84 out of 100) on the positive emotions scale.

The ChiChi Market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Source: Shutterstock
The ChiChi Market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Source: Shutterstock

Guatemala

Guatemala ties with Colombia and Ecuador for the No. 2 spot on this list. Its residents are also among the most emotional (experiencing both a lot of positive and negative emotions in a given day) on earth, with 58% of the residents saying they experienced both positive and negative emotions on the day prior to the survey.

Landscape view of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Source: Shutterstock
Landscape view of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Source: Shutterstock

Honduras

With a score of 82 out of 100, Honduras ties with Panama and Venezuela for the No. 3 spot on this list. Rounding out the top 10 are Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

 

All thanks for this article goes to gallup for carrying out the poll, and to MarketWatch.com for writing it, here is the original article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-happiest-and-most-miserable-countries-on-earth-2015-08-27