#245: What Is Your Happiness Rating?
Monday, March 01, 2010
If we were to grade our general happiness level on a scale of 0-100, what would yours be?
Mine would likely rate 70-80 with occasional dips to 40 and surges to 90 or 95.
According to a World Values Survey by the University of Michigan Institute of Social research, between 1981 and 2007, happiness and general life satisfaction has risen substantially in 40 of 52 countries tracked.
Most notable countries for rising happiness and well-being are India, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico and South Korea, with recent spikes in ex-communist countries as well as Nigeria and Turkey. The U.S. ranked 16th.
The happiest nation? Denmark.
This is all fine for countries as a whole but what if such a study was conducted on us individually? Where would we rank?
Sure, day-to-day financial and other problems take their toll on our moods. But do everyday events need to diminish our overall happiness? Haven't we all read of people in the direst of circumstances who were genuinely happy with their lot in life?
So, what about you? How would you rate your overall happiness? If you're not satisfied with your level of happiness, what can you do to improve it?