The 10 Happiest Countries

At the top: Panama
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2014 10:12 AM CDT
The 10 Happiest Countries
In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2011, people walk on a beach in Panama City.   (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Think the US is the happiest country in the world? Think again: It doesn't even make it into the top 10, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, which looks at financial status, social well-being, community well-being, physical health, and residents' goals and sense of purpose. The top 10, per LiveScience:

  1. Panama
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Denmark
  4. Austria
  5. Brazil
  6. El Salvador
  7. Uruguay
  8. Sweden
  9. Canada
  10. Guatemala

The US comes in at No. 14, according to the complete list. The bottom 10, from least happy to most:

  1. Syria
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Haiti
  4. Democratic Republic of Congo
  5. Chad
  6. Madagascar
  7. Uganda
  8. Benin
  9. Croatia
  10. Georgia
Click for the full list of 135 countries, or check out the happiest state in America. (Read more happiest countries stories.)

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