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Who’s happy, who is not happy

Base on nef website, extensive research has been conducted in psychology and the social sciences to understand the factors influencing well-being. Nevertheless, it is only relatively recently that subjective measures of well-being have begun to be taken seriously outside academia.

International surveys tend to consider life satisfaction by asking respondents a question such as: ‘If you consider your life overall, how satisfied would you say you are nowadays?’ Responses are given on a ¬10 scale, from not at all satisfied to extremely satisfied. Clearly this is not a perfect measure. Ideally, subjective well-being would be assessed by asking a series of questions, perhaps probing different aspects of life and framing the issue in different ways so as to gain a more complete picture. As a general indicator of the state of well-being in a country, however, this single question performs surprisingly well, showing good validity when compared with other national-level statistics.

From that website, point Top Teen Best Country in Life Satisfactory (Dec, 3 2007) is :
1. Switzerland (8.2)
2. Denmark (8.2)
3. Austria (7.8)
4. Iceland (7.8)
5. Bahamas (7.7)
6. Sweden (7.7)
7. Finland (7.7)
8. Bhutan (7.6)
9. Luxembourg (7.6)
10. Brunei Darussalam (7.6)

And point Top Teen Worst Country in Unsatisfactory Life is :
1. Georgia (4.1)
2. Belarus (4.0)
3. Turkmenistan (4.0)
4. Armenia (3.7)
5. Sudan (3.6)
6. Ukraine (3.6)
7. Moldova (3.5)
8. Congo, Dem. Rep. of the (3.3)
9. Zimbabwe (3.3)
10. Burundi (3.0)



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