The “Atlas and Boots World Happiness Report” has done a survey intended to rank nations on a happiness scale.
And they admit it’s pretty much a phone call to residents asking, from 1 to 10 (10 being near-orgasmic), what number represents how happy they are. More scientifically accurate might be rating the singing of, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” I don’t know who Atlas and Boots are. They sound like a Survivalist’s equipment outlet. But they have taken this on as a yearly mission.
From a list of 149 nations, Mexico ranked 36, the United States 19 (although they are still recounting votes) and Canada 14. Generally, the larger the country or the more populous, the lower the happiness ranking. China landed at 84, Russia at 76, India at 139. Small countries such as Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Netherlands ranked as happiest with Finland at Number One. Small countries that are poor ranked at the bottom of the list. These would be countries where poaching elephants is their chief industry.