Due to COVID-19, the 2021 World Happiness Report shows mixed results. Unfortunate, but not very surprising. Since worrying about our health affects our mental state of mind.
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Highlights of the New 2021 World Happiness Report
As the report’s Web site notes: “The World Happiness Report is a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Powered by data from the Gallup World Poll and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, which provided access to the World Risk Poll. The 2021 Report includes data from the ICL-YouGov Behaviour Tracker as part of the COVID Data Hub from the Institute of Global Health Innovation.” Data were collected in 2020-2021. With the pandemic at its peak.
To access each of the chapters from the 2021 report, click the image below. For selected highlights, keep on reading this post. Note: The report is free. With no login required. For optimal reading, download the individual chapters in which you are interested.
Although the whole report contains insights, we find these chapters particularly informative. To access the chapters, click on the links:
Chapter 2 — World Happiness, Trust and Deaths under COVID-19 — In this chapter, a chart on world happiness appears. We show the top 52 countries. The United States only ranks 19th.
Chapter 5 — Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic — For interesting findings, take a look at this chart.
Chapter 6 — Social Connection and Well-Being during COVID-19 — Now, view the following chart.
Chapter 8 — Living Long and Living Well: The WELLBY Approach — The well-being approach to these issues is simple. People want to live well, and they want to live long. Therefore, we should judge a society by the extent to which it enables people to experience lives that are long and full of well-being. For any individual, we measure the well-being he/she experiences each year summed up over all the years that she lives. Now, check out the next chart. Again, the U.S. lags. With a ranking of 12th.