The report takes into account the GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.
An index of changes from 2005-07 to 2014-16 shows that Nicaragua is the most improved country in happiness, followed by Latvia and Sierra Leone.
"Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government", Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said.
In the latest UN World Happiness Report released Monday, Algeria is in the lead, followed by Mauritius, while Libya comes in third place.
They found that receiving a diagnosis for a mental illness contributes more to a person's happiness than income, employment or a diagnosed physical illness.
That's according to the fifth annual United NationsWorld Happiness Report.
Researchers say six key factors affect each country's happiness score: income, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, corruption and social support among the community.
In order, the biggest improvements of happiness levels over the past year came from Nicaragua, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Moldova, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Chile, and Uzbekistan. Pakistan also ranks ahead of several countries that are much more technologically advanced, including Greece and South Africa.
Other Scandinavian countries also scored better than the USA, despite slightly worse economies. The data also shows that rising unemployment negatively affects everyone, even those still employed.
Central African Republic fell to last on the happiness list and is joined at the bottom by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda. While the building blocks of a satisfying life are universal, happiness levels vary from country to country.
Of course, happiness is both a personal and a social thing. "In every country physical health is of course also important, but in no country is it more important than mental health", the report states. "The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you".
As for our fair country, it rang in at 14th on this year's list, one spot lower than in 2016.
Donald Trump practices his swing at the 13th tee of his new Trump International Golf Links course near Aberdeen, Scotland in 2011. Now, citing the President's privacy, Trump's aides are left trying to hide the President's frequent golfing.
The BJP swept to power in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, decimating the opposition and winning 312 of the 403 seats. The BJP-led government yesterday won the floor test in Manipur Assembly with a voice vote.
While images and other information point to Ancient Egypt, there has been a lot of confusion about the game's release date. According to some, the fact that the title is scheduled for the end of this year ensures its presence at E3 2017.
Duterte has also been condemned for the several thousand deaths caused by the surge of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Duterte sought and received the support of Myanmar's president and state counselor for the Philippines' chairmanship.
Industrial orders from the 19-member eurozone contracted faster then those from nations outside the single currency area. Domestic orders logged a double-digit fall of 10.5 percent and foreign orders decreased 4.9 percent in January.
The Toffees had been confident the Belgium global would sign a new five-year deal thought to be worth around £140,000 a week. But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has two years more on his contract.
This is most certainly going to be a game that the Wizards want to get up for, so we'll see if that leads to a more complete game. A Rookie of the Year award for Dario Saric would be another concrete example that points to a bright future for the Sixers.
Heller's spokesman Mac Abrams said Friday that the senator said he can't support the bill as the House GOP has crafted it. Most Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll .
Muirfield members still not McIlroy's cup of tea
Nick Faldo and Vardon contemporary James Braid are the only British Open champions to win twice at Muirfield. McIlroy took umbrage with the members who voted against opening the club to women.
A Lot of People Became Billionaires Last Year
The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has been the richest person in the world 18 out of the past 23 years, Forbes reported. The rich are getting richer, and if you don't believe us just check out Forbes .com's new list of the world's billionaires .
'Sesame Street' debuts Julia, a new Muppet with autism
The creators of " Sesame Street " announced Sunday that the popular show would introduce a muppet named Julia who has autism. But the inclusion of Julia on the live-action show is important-so much so that she's making headlines around the world.