Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happiness By The Numbers

  • Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven
  • Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.
  • The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.
  • At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed
  • 14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.
  • Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.
  • All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.
  • American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.
  • Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.
  • Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.
  • World's Happiest Countries:
  •  1. Nigeria
  •  2. Mexico
  •  3. Venezuela
  •  4. El Salvador
  •  5. Puerto Rico
  •  (U.S. ranks 16th)
  • Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
  •  1. Puerto Rico
  •  2. Mexico
  •  3. Denmark
  •  4. Columbia
  •  5. Ireland 
    Wow! There is more! But that is eye opening in itself.

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