America continues its long slide on the World Happiness Report

Norway was No. 1 out of 155 countries on the World Happiness Report, up from No. 4 last year, followed by Denmark (last year’s No. 1), Iceland and Switzerland. These four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. “Their averages are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year,” the report said.

The report, introduced in 2005, involved polling of 1,000 residents per country by research organization Gallup, and was put together by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a group linked to the United Nations and led in part by economist Jeffrey D.

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