Ipsos, a research company, conducted a study of 19,000 adults in 24 countries, and the results show that roughly 77% of respondents describe themselves as happy, up three points from 2007 just before the crisis hit. 22% self-describe as “very happy”, up from 20% in 2007. Remember, of course, that happiness means different things to different people, and these results are different than polls measuring, say, “well-being” and “life satisfaction”, which you may have also read about and have more specific metrics attached to them.
The biggest takeaways: Emerging markets (Turkey, Mexico, India) don’t tend to share rich countries’ pessimism; and it seems to be definitive that happiness (or perception of happiness) is not linked to material wealth (there is, apparently, a happiness/wealth plateau; after hitting this, you should consider pursuing other interests than making money to ensure your continued happiness or “very happy”-ness).
Check out the full story and see where the U.S. ranks at the Economist.