The Happiest and Unhappiest Countries in the World

Last summer, Brexit shocked the world. Few global experts saw it coming. In their defense, most economic indicators didn’t point to a political upheaval. Gross domestic product in the U.K. was growing at about 2%, and unemployment had dropped to 4.9%. From a data perspective, things seemed OK. Another metric, […] Read more »

Big Gap Between Personal and National Satisfaction

Americans remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their personal lives (79%), while far fewer are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States (23%). The 56-percentage-point gap in Americans’ satisfaction with personal lives versus the nation is among the highest Gallup has measured over the past 34 years, and […] Read more »

A Formula for Happiness

Happiness has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight […] Read more »

How much are we willing to pay for the pursuit of happiness?

Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, “entitlement” fans or skeptics. The more fundamental question, says Benjamin Radcliff, is this: Does it make people happier or not? Radcliff is a political scientist at Notre Dame […] Read more »

TIME Poll: What Makes Americans Happy?

For our happiness issue, TIME conducted a poll to find out what Americans do to find joy. Overall, 59% of respondents said they were happy most of the time, about the same percentage of those surveyed by TIME in 2004 when 61% said they were happy. But fewer people said […] Read more »

Money May Not Buy Happiness, But It Helps

While very few Americans say that money is the most important factor in determining whether they’re happy in life, the more they earn the happier they are, according to a new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll. The survey provides an in-depth look at how Americans feel about their lives, gauging […] Read more »