The World Database of Happiness

World Database of Happiness: A Continuous register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of life” is being created by Ruut Veenhoven at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

It collects all the available information about what makes people happy and why. According to the research, married, extroverted optimists are happier than single, pessimistic introverts. Nurses enjoy life more than bankers, and it helps to be religious, sexually active and a college graduate with a short commute to work. The wealthy experience more mirth than the poor, but not much. Sounds to me that if you don’t know any better and feel that you are expected to be happy then you would probably say you were happy,

And currently the happiest people are in Iceland and the country with the highest rate of suicides is Lithuania and the UK gives out the most anti-depressants to its population but the US deems to be the most depressed country perhaps based on their long working hours and the fact that they have no statutory holidays.

other related links:

The secret of happiness | It’s in Iceland | Economist.com

The science of happiness season on BBC last year

Happiness is the measure of true wealth by A C Grayling

Suicide rates of the world

The happiest country in the world

The most depressed place in the world

Bureau of labor statistics: how leisure time is spent in the US

Centre for Economic and Policy research: The No-Vacation Nation

The international labour organization

National Statistics Online

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