A new global Gallup poll not only shows Icelanders as being among the happiest people in the world, but also happier than those who are doing better financially and are more optimistic about their respective countries’ economic future.
RÚV reports that according to the poll, the global average for happiness with one’s life was about 53%, with 13% of the world unhappy, and 31% without an opinion on the matter.
73% of Icelanders, by contrast, said they were content with their lives, while 7% said they were unhappy and 19% had no opinion.
In other parts of the world, only 20% of Middle Easterners considered themselves happy, as did 25% of eastern Europeans. Interestingly, 66% of those living in Africa and Latin America expressed happiness with their lives. By comparison, only 50% of western Europeans felt the same way.
North Americans, despite polling as being more optimistic about the economic futures of their countries than Europeans, and having a greater GDP than Europe, were less happy than their lvies – only about 33% said they were satisfied happy.