Global Happiness Tops Pre-Recession Levels
Happiness up most in developing world; rich Europe gloomier
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2012 7:54 AM CST
Despite the world's ongoing economic problems, worldwide happiness is higher now than before the recession in 2007.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – People are happier today than they were before the worldwide recession hit, according to an Ipsos survey of 19,000 adults in 24 countries, reports the Economist. Those calling themselves "happy" numbered 77% in the poll, up from 74% in 2007, and those who labeled themselves "very happy" was up 2 points to 22%. "Very happy" results—which the pollsters said were more important—were up the most in developing nations, rising 16 percentage points in Turkey, 10 in Mexico, and five in India.

But developing nations also were responsible for the biggest drops in happiness, declining in Indonesia, Brazil, and Russia. Perhaps most surprisingly, "very happy" results rose 6 points in Japan, despite the tsunami and nuclear accidents. In fact, the study found that happiness does not correspond to wealth, with Europeans considerably gloomier than the world average.

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Feb 27, 2012 8:43 AM CST
Story is BS, I'm surprised the Economist came to such a conclusion. Usually a thoughtful periodical written by those that make the US press look like mental midgets.
Feb 26, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Total B.S. propaganda. Yeah right, the world is happier? Really? The world economy has crashed, wars and killing all over the place, no one can buy a house, salaries are stagnant, etc. etc. etc. Anyone who says money doesn't buy happiness is full of it or has never been poor. Money buys LOTS of happiness.
Feb 26, 2012 10:45 AM CST
The rest of the findings: "The Ipsos poll, measuring degrees of happiness, is not strictly comparable with those that ask about 'well-being' (such as Gallup) or 'life satisfaction' (the World Values survey), so it is hard to test the validity of the conclusions [of this study] against other efforts."