Mapping Happiness

Apparently everyone has already seen this clever little map depicting the country wide level of happiness, but I just saw it this weekend. Methodological issues aside (can you really empirically measure happiness cross-culturally) the map has some interesting findings. Specifically, the complaining, over-worked US actually shows up ranking pretty high on happiness (Prozac is a wonderful drug) while the perpetually happy seeming country of India (honestly I've been there they all act happy) actually ranks fairly low. Produced by Adrian White at the University of Leicester, the map seems to favor wealthy countries of the west in terms of happiness, while poorer countries seemed to be unhappy. Enjoy your happiness.

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