Happiness has its benefits – PART TWO

Adrian White’s article offers a table listing the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) of various countries around the world. The table appears as an appendix, at the end of the article, and a colourful map of worldwide SWLS can be found in the body of the article.So, how is your country doing? Citizens in my country (South Africa) are less happy than denizens of Kazakhstan (Boratians?), Brazilians, Italians, Argentineans and much less happy than Vanuatu residents. On the other hand, we’re happier than Kenyan, Lebanese, Indians (legendary Tendulkar notwithstanding.) Turkey, Russia, Zimbabwe and Burundi, whose citizens are the least happy in the world.

Happiest: Swiss and Danes. Surprises? Maltese (people, not poodles) are happier than New Zealanders, apparently, it’s more satisfying to be in Surinam than in Spain

White, A. (2016). A Global Projection of Subjective Well-being: A Challenge to Positive Psychology?Psychtalk 56, 17-20, available at http://www.le.ac.uk/users/aw57/world/sample.html, last accessed: 11-11-07