​​WHAT MAKES US HAPPY?

There are many factors that affect people’s happiness. It may be that the weather is very good, the wages increase, the country becomes more developed and so on...

Therefore, more and more questions generate, such like what elements affect us happiness? Live in which city people feel happy? ... Inspired by the World Happiness Report, this article mainly starts from social environmental factors, and takes us to explore the relationship between social factors and happy score. Which countries are called happy countries, and which are not? 

 

By Tingyu Zhang.

Social support

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Healthy life expectancy

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HAPPY

SCORE

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Freedom

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Perceptions of corruption

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Generosity

Logged GDP per capita

 

The World Happiness report asks respondents to think of a ladder with the best possible life for them being a 10 and the worst possible life being a 0 and to rate their own current lives on that scale.

 

Here is the six measurements: 

GDP per Capita,

Social Support,

Life Expectancy,

Freedom,

Generosity,

Perception of Corruption.

2020 world happiness score

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Happiness Score is pretty well correlated to:

GDP per capita

Healthy life expectancy

Social support

Freedom

Moderately correlated to:

Perceptions of corruption

Non correlated to:

Generosity

2015-2020 ranking of happiness

Top happiest countries

Finland

Sweden

Denmark

Norway

Switzerland

Iceland

The Nordic country, Finland, became the "happiest" country for the three consecutive years.

The five Nordic countries: Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, keep the top ten all year round. The  report believes that the main reasons for the high happiness score of the Nordic countries are the country’s reliable welfare and well-functioning state institutions and etc. 

Top unhappiest countries

Afghanistan

South Sudan

Zimbabwe

Rwanda

Botswana

The "unhappiest" countries are mainly concentrated in Africa.

Source:The happiness scores and rankings use data from the Gallup World Poll. The scores are based on answers to the main life evaluation question asked in the poll. This question, known as the Cantril ladder, asks respondents to think of a ladder with the best possible life for them being a 10 and the worst possible life being a 0 and to rate their own current lives on that scale. The scores are from nationally representative samples for the years 2013-2016 and use the Gallup weights to make the estimates representative. The columns following the happiness score estimate the extent to which each of six factors – economic production, social support, life expectancy, freedom, absence of corruption, and generosity – contribute to making life evaluations higher in each country than they are in Dystopia, a hypothetical country that has values equal to the world’s lowest national averages for each of the six factors. They have no impact on the total score reported for each country, but they do explain why some countries rank higher than others.

https://happiness-report.s3.amazonaws.com/2020/WHR20.pdf

Special thanks to Youjin Shin.