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Chances are, if you live in the U.S., you feel worse today than you did 10 years ago. Don’t worry, it’s not you. This is a national problem: America’s rank on the happiness scale is falling.
When it comes to happiness, the U.S. ranked 19th among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development in 2016, down from third among 24 countries on a similar measure in 2007, according to the World Happiness Report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and funded by the Ernesto Illy Foundation. Here is a direct video link.
Canada also slipped in the rankings this year to 7th overall from its past 5th or 6th spot.
Norway nabbed the top spot out of 155 countries, followed by Denmark (last year’s no. 1), Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The United States fell to 14th place, continuing its slide down the list in recent years. See World Happiness Report 2017.