Are you happy?
That’s a tough question to answer because it all depends on what your definition of happiness is. Does being happy revolve around family, career, love, creativity, or none (or all) of the above.
If it’s tough to gauge how happy an individual is, it must be mind-boggling nuts to determine how happy a whole country is.
Well, it’s apparent not that bonkers as CNN brings us this story about the 2013 edition of the United Nations (UN) Happiness Index.
For those of you who enjoy reading press releases from international organizations, this is your lucky day as you jump to this link here and read until your heart’s content.
For those who want to jump to the actual number and see where the various countries lie on the Happiness Spectrum, hop on over here.
Here is what I found interesting personally about the UN numbers.
My country of current residence, Thailand, ranks number 36 (with an overall score of 6.371 and with 10 being the highest possible score). This ranking is particularly appropriate given my fascination with the number 36 (see here and here and here for examples).
For comparison, the United States of America, my country of birth, ranks 17 (score = 7.082)
My last country of residence, France, clocks in at #25 (score = 6.764)
Denmark took the top spot with a score of 7.693 while the last spot, down at number 156, was held by the African country of Togo with a score of 2.936.
As for me, I can blog, I can eat, I have a roof over my head, I work, I write, and I have a loving family nine ways to Sunday. That makes me happy.