The Greater Good Science Center

New Results From Our Happiness Survey: The Role of Geography To what extent is happiness related to where you live? Are residents of wealthier countries happier? Based on what you’ve learned so far in this course, what would you expect about the relationship between geography and happiness? So far, more than 40,000 students, hailing from over 200 countries and areas of sovereignty around the world, have taken the survey that we offered to all 112,000 students who registered for “The Science of Happiness.” Previously, we reported on how students’ happiness levels relate to factors like age and gender, and how some of those same factors relate to students’ levels of social connection. This time around we’re examining how happiness relates to students’ geographic location. To do so, we looked only at data from the 58 countries with at least 25 students who completed the survey. The countries with the largest representation are the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and India. It is important to keep in mind that we can’t make generalizations about a country as a whole based on a small sample of its residents, especially since the people enrolled in our happiness course are not a representative sample of the entire country’s population. Nonetheless, we can at least gain some insights about the students taking this course. So which countries are the happiest?