Panama, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico are full of people who feel pretty good about life.
The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being ranking is based on a global survey of about 146,000 people. Respondents are asked about different aspects of how they feel about their lives. Gallup and Healthways combine those into five major dimensions:Purpose: Feeling good about what you do and that you can achieve your goals Social: Having strong relationships with others Financial: Having low economic stress and high economic security Community: Liking where you live Physical: Having good health
The main ranking is based on the percentage of people in a country who are "thriving" in at least three of those five categories. The Americas were the most overall thriving region in the world in 2014, while China and Sub-Saharan Africa did worse in the ranking:
Here are the 25 countries that scored the highest in the overall ranking:
For more detail, check out the full report here.
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