Overview

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, will be released today at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. The report, the fifth one to come out since 2012, continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions. In addition to the rankings, this year’s report includes an analysis of happiness in the workplace and a deeper look at China and Africa.

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World Happiness Report 2017

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The first World Happiness Report was published in April, 2012, in support of the UN High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since then the world has come a long way. Increasingly, happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. Now on the International Day of Happiness, March 20th, we launch the World Happiness Report 2017, once again back at the United Nations, again published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and now supported by a generous three-year grant from the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

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World Happiness Report 2017

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Executive Summary

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Chapter 1. Overview

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Chapter 2. Social Foundations of World Happiness

This chapter focuses on the role of social factors in supporting happiness for individuals and nations.

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Chapter 2. Online Data

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Chapter 2. Statistical Appendix

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Chapter 2. NSO Data Collection

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Chapter 3. Growth and Happiness in China, 1990-2015

This chapter studies subjective well-being in China as its GDP multiplied over five-fold during the past quarter century.

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Chapter 3. Appendix

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Chapter 4. ‘Waiting for Happiness’ in Africa

This chapter explores the reasons why African countries generally lag behind the rest of the world in their evaluations of life.

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Chapter 4. Appendix

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Chapter 5. The Key Determinants of Happiness and Misery

The chapter helps policy-makers better understand the causes of happiness and misery.

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Chapter 5. Appendix

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Chapter 6. Happiness at Work

This chapter investigates the role of work and employment in shaping people’s happiness.

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Chapter 6. Appendix

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Chapter 7. Restoring American Happiness 

This chapter explains that falling American happiness is due primarily to social rather than to economic causes.

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World Happiness Report 2017
Editors: John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs
Associate Editors: Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Haifang Huang and Shun Wang

This publication may be reproduced using the following reference:
Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

World Happiness Report management by Sharon Paculor. Copy editing by Mariam Gulaid, Saloni Jain and Louise Doucette. Design by John Stislow and Stephanie Stislow.

ISBN 978-0-9968513-5-0

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