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Apr 3, 2012

Oh Snap! Belize is the 34th Happiest Country

The first ever United Nations World Happiness Report has been released and it may make you smile.  It shows that Belize is the thirty-fourth happiest country. The one hundred and fifty-eight page document explores various factors that influence the happiness of residents in over a hundred and fifty countries. Numerous surveying mechanisms were used during the research process, including one called the cantril ladder, which determined how the countries ranked. The cantril ladder is a survey done among citizens ages fifteen and older, who are asked to rate their level of satisfaction on a scale of zero to ten; zero being the worst possible life and ten being the best. Belize averaged around six point five in that exercise, placing it at number thirty-four between Singapore and Cyprus. Our neighbors, Mexico and Guatemala are ranked at twenty-four and thirty-seven respectively. Meanwhile, the happiness country, according to the report, is Denmark and the least happy is Togo at number one hundred and fifty-six.

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