Gallup just released its survey on happiness around the world. The polling company looked at 138 countries. Here are the nations that ranked high in residents experiencing “a lot of positive emotions,” plus a few not-as-happy countries. We asked Eric Weiner, author of the “The Geography of Bliss ,’’ to share insights on a few of them. And here’s more global “Happy,’’ if you want it.
No. 1: Paraguay In this 2013 photo, children play with bubbles in Paraguay. This is the third year in a row that the country topped this list. “Latin American countries often come out ‘higher than expected’ based on their economic status. Researchers think it’s the extended family, the vast networks that they know,” Weiner says. So, where did the U.S. land on the list? Jorge Saenz/AP Buy Photo