On the 20th of March 2017, the International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report will be released.
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, and the third in 2015. The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th, 2016. Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. They reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criterion for government policy.
The happiest country in 2016 was Denmark. The Danish lifestyle trend ‘hygge’ is central to the happiness of the Danes, which means comfort.
The 5th edition of the report will feature national country happiness rankings, accompanied by expert chapters on wellness and economic progress. The topics covered this year will range from Social Foundations of World Happiness; Happiness in China; Happiness in Africa; Happiness over the Life Course; Happiness at Work; and Trust.