In the "Happiness League Table", Denmark ranked third for Corruption, fourth for Social Support and sixth for Freedom, while it was pulled down a bit in categories such as Positive Affect, Negative Effect, Generosity and Healthy Life Expectancy, in which it ranked in the 20s.
Healthcare costs, high rates of addictions, socioeconomic inequality, and a poor emphasis on ensuring work-life balance were mentioned in the report as causes of unhappiness in countries around the world, including the U.S. The country's low ranking in "freedom" may stem partially from the out-sized power held by corporations, with the government unwilling to protect its citizenry from large companies intent on boosting their profits.
The United States wound up as the 19th happiest country, down one spot from a year ago, and five spots from 2017, signaling that the nation is becoming less happy.
Southern Sudan is considered the most unhappy country to live in the ranking of 156 countries.
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Other notables included Australia (11), the United Kingdom (15), Germany (17), the USA (19), Mexico (23), Brazil (32), South Korea (54), Japan (58), Russian Federation (68), Nigeria (85), Indonesia (92), China (93) and India (140). The United Kingdom came in 15th place, up from 18th place, while Germany came in 17th place, down from 15th.
"The world is a rapidly changing place", said Professor John Helliwell, co-editor of the report.
Based on those variables, Nordic nations came up tops in being the happiest bunch. The report was published today, the International Day of Happiness, by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN.
South Sudan is the least happy country, followed by Central African Republic and Afghanistan. Emotions like worry, sadness and anger have increased throughout Asia and Africa in that same time.