Want to be around happy people? Here are the world’s happiest countries

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Ranking countries by how much people laugh and enjoy life!

A new survey tracked the happiest nations.

It shows Latin Americans seem to be the happiest on earth.

Gallup surveyed 1,000 adults in each of 138 countries to make up the index.

They asked five questions: whether people felt rested, felt they were treated with respect, laughed or smiled a lot, whether they experienced enjoyment and whether they had learned or done something interesting the day before.

Gallup then makes up a Positive Experience Index score for each country. Most of the happiest countries are in Latin America, the survey finds. The five top countries all are:

  • Paraguay 87
  • Panama 86
  • Guatemala 83
  • Nicaragua 83
  • Ecuador 83

The United States came in the top quarter in the list of 138 countries.

The saddest countries were:

  • Syria 36
  • Chad 52
  • Lithuania 53
  • Bosnia 54
  • Serbia 54

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