World Happiness Report 2016 Update Ranks Happiest Countries

The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released today in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th. The widespread interest in the World Happiness Reports, of which this is the fourth, reflects growing global interest in using happiness and subjective well-being as primary indicators of the quality of human development. Because of this growing interest, many governments, communities and organizations are using happiness data, and the results of subjective well-being research, to enable policies that support better lives.

World Happiness Report 2016 Update

On March 16, at the Bank of Italy in Rome, we will launch the World Happiness Report 2016 Update and its companion volume, World Happiness Report – 2016 Special Rome Edition. The launch will take place in the context of a 3-day sequence of events on the theme of happiness and well-being. For more information on the launch event […]

Video: World Happiness Launch Event

What are the sources of happiness? How do countries around the world rank when it comes to the happiness and wellbeing of their citizens? Watch the three co-editors of the World Happiness Report, Professors Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell, discuss the 2015 Report’s findings and the implications for all our societies.

Round up of Report Press Coverage

On April 23, 2015, the SDSN released the third edition of the World Happiness Report. The report has covered widely in the media; an abridged list of articles is included here.

World Happiness Report 2015 Ranks Happiest Countries

Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy. This year’s report looks at the changes in happiness levels in 158 countries, and examines the reasons behind the statistics. The World Happiness Report 2015 also comes in advance of three high-level negotiations that will give world leaders the opportunity to reshape the global agenda and move the world towards a sustainable development agenda that includes well-being as an essential element.

World Happiness Report Wins Award For the Betterment Of the Human Condition

The International Society for Quality of Life Studies has awarded the World Happiness Report the 2014 Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition. The award was granted to the Report co-editors: Professor John F. Helliwell, Lord Richard Layard, and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs at the society’s recent annual conference in Berlin, Germany. John Helliwell and Jeffrey D. Sachs accepted the award on September 17, 2014, by video conference.

First World Happiness Report Launched at the United Nations

The 2012 World Happiness Report, published by the Earth Institute and co-edited by the institute’s director, Jeffrey Sachs, reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy. It reviews the state of happiness in the world today and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.