How happy are you?
There is no doubt that the positive or negative view that we have of our lives is of huge importance to each of us.
How do you measure happiness?
‘Overall happiness is the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his/her own life-as-a-whole favorably. In other words: how much one likes the life one leads.’
Comparing Happiness across Countries
In the map below, Roser presents data from the World Happiness Report 2016 – online here.
Click on ‘Chart’ to see the change over time for a particular country.
Life Satisfaction across Countries
One of the most influential recent study on this topic was done by the Princeton Professor Angus Deaton in 2008.
In the graph reprinted below, Deaton plotted the way that people view their lives versus their income.
The result is very clear and shows a strong positive correlation between economic prosperity and people’s view of their own lives.
Global data on the correlation between income and life satisfaction from Gallup World Poll – Deaton (2008)
Source: OurWorldInData – Max Roser