Malaysians among top 50 happiest nationalities in the world

Norway has been named the happiest country in the

Second, a forthright attack on the real sources of social crisis would have a much larger and more rapid beneficial effect on US happiness.

"This report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness for individuals and nations... this can be seen by comparing the life experiences between the top and bottom ten countries in this year's happiness rankings", the report said.

The report - released to coincide with the International Day of Happiness - has ranked the U.S.as number 14 out of 155 countries for happiness levels, dropping one place from previous year. Americans, however, are happier than European counterparts Germany (16th), the United Kingdom (19th) and France (31st).

The World Happiness Report is an annual report provided by the United Nations (UN) that ranks the levels of happiness across 155 countries.

Happiness research and measurement has gone mainstream ever since India's tiny neighbor Bhutan brought it to the forefront by arguing that it was more meaningful than mere economic metrics such as GDP and inflation.

These are healthy life expectancy, social support, absence of corruption, freedom to make life choices, generosity and GDP per capita.

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Sachs suggested five means by which to improve social trust: campaign finance reform, policies aimed at reducing income inequality (such as public financing of health), improved social relations between native born and immigrant Americans, working to move past the fear of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and improved access to high-quality education.

The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to well-being.

Bangladesh was in the same position among 157 countries in last year's report, which had Denmark at the top. With the release, the SDSN called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the well-being of their citizens. "Let's hold our leaders to this fact".

The top countries were Western, developed countries - with Australia placing ninth.

"African people's expectations that they and their countries would flourish under self-rule and democracy appear not yet to have been met", they wrote. "By choosing to produce its oil slowly, and investing the proceeds for the future rather than spending them in the present, Norway has insulated itself from the boom and bust cycle of many other resource-rich economies". "All of these are found in Norway, as well as in the other top countries", Helliwell said.

This year's report also focused on happiness in the workplace. Social status at work, social relationships in the workplace, daily work structure and goal-setting also play major parts in determining happiness levels.

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