In 2010, Gallup asked people around the world to rate, on a scale of 0 to 10, their current life situation and what they believe the quality of their lives will be in five years. Survey respondents who rated their lives a 7 or higher and their future lives an 8 or higher were considered to have a thriving well-being, meaning that they had positive views on their current and future lives. The respondents reported fewer health problems, less stress and sadness, and more happiness, respect and enjoyment, Gallup says. Gallup looked at 124 countries, and here’s a look at the world’s 15 happiest based on Gallup’s most recent survey, with a European country taking the top spot.
No. 15: Brazil People visit the unconventional, concrete and glass Cathedral of Brasilia at sundown. According to the Gallup survey, 57 percent of Brazilians feel that they have a thriving well-being. Eraldo Peres/Associated Press Buy Photo