Key Happiness Facts
World's Happiest Countries (2004):
4. El Salvador
5. Puerto Rico
(U.S. ranks 16th)
Countries with Highest Levels of
Subjective Well-Being (2004):
1. Puerto Rico
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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
37 percent of the people on
Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average
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.
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.