Shalom Life | March 06, 2015

Israel ranked 14th, United States 11 in World Happiness Report

Denmark takes top spot, Canada and Switzerland tie for fifth in United Nations' first World Happiness Report

By: Yitzhak Benhorin

Published: April 7th, 2012 in Health » World

Israel ranked 14th, United States 11 in World Happiness Report

Israel ranked 14th in the United Nations' first World Happiness Report, conducted by Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Denmark, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands topped the list, while Benin, Central African Republic, Togo and Sierra Leone came in last. The United States ranked 11th, while the United Kingdom came in 18th.

The 158-page report was commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness, which aims to "review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness."

The report was based on findings published by the Gallup World Poll between the years 2005-2011, as well as three other surveys. The rankings compile a "life evaluation score," which is based on various factors including health, job security, political and personal freedom and corruption.

According to the report, "While basic living standards are essential for happiness, after the baseline has been met happiness varies more with the quality of human relationship than with income."

Jeffery Sachs, a prominent development economist at Columbia University who edited the report along with John Helliwell and Richard Layard, said that happiness could be achieved independent of economic well-being as measured by GNP.

"GNP (gross national product) by itself does not promote happiness. The US has had a three time increase of GNP per capita since 1960, but the happiness needle hasn't budged. Other countries have pursued other policies and achieved much greater gains of happiness, even at much lower levels of per capita income," Sachs said during a UN conference held earlier this week.

The report also listed a number of practical suggestions for governments to promote happiness among their citizens including helping people meet their basic needs, reinforcing social systems, implementing active labor policies, improving mental health services, promoting compassion, altruism and honesty, and helping the public resist hyper-commercialism.

This article is reprinted with permission from Ynet.

Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease TrendingBamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of Bamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of TrendingIsraeli Cops to Walk with Children with Disabilities in Marathon Israeli Cops to Walk with Children with Disabilities in Marathon Trending
 

Sarah Silverman Could’ve Been ‘Mad Men’s’ “Jewess” [VIDEO]

March 06, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman Could’ve Been ‘Mad Men’s’ “Jewess” [VIDEO]

Jon Hamm suggested that Silverman audition for the role of Rachel Menken

Read More

Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

March 06, 2015 | By Kobi Nachshoni
Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

Grand Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, leader of Boston Hasidic dynasty's Har Nof branch, says religious homosexuals have two options: to suppress their sexual desires or marry a woman

Read More

Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

Entrepreneur, fashion designer, and founder of one of the most recognizable brands in the world

Read More

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

The 'Happy Gilmore' feud continued on Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Read More

‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

'Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage' is going on a 100 city concert tour

Read More

Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

The 'Girls' creator will be making her debut on 'Scandal' March 19.

Read More

New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

March 05, 2015 | By Shalom Life Team
New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

Social media campaign #ShoutEquality urges Jewish men and women to raise their voices on Jewish feminism

Read More

UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

Despite less than 30% of students participating in the vote, the student union is pushing for SOAS to cut all ties with Israel, including the ones with Hebrew U

Read More

More Headlines