Happiness Index – News

January 2, 2012 by staff 

Happiness Index - NewsHappiness Index – News, An annual “happiness barometer” ranks Canada the 23rd happiest nation out of 58 in the lead-up to the new year. Leger Marketing surveyed nearly 53,000 people in 58 countries, asking participants to state whether they perceived themselves as “happy” or “unhappy” in 2011.

Fiji was the happiest, according to the Global Barometer of Happiness. And, in a surprise to the pollsters, Afghanistan recorded higher happiness numbers than the United States.

About 60 per cent of the 1,003 Canadians who responded described themselves as happy, and 13 per cent said they were feeling down.

A large proportion – about 26 per cent – of the Canadians surveyed couldn’t say how they felt, said David Scholz, executive vice-president of Leger Marketing in Toronto.

That Canada didn’t rank among the top five happiest countries may surprise some people, but Scholz said the results may have something to do with how much Canadians want out of their lives.

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