We all dream of living a long, happy life – often in a warmer, more relaxing climate than we are currently based.
But where are the happiest places in the world? A new map of 151 countries has revealed exactly which parts of the globe deliver long and happy lives for their citizens, within the environmental limits of the planet. And the results may surprise you, with Costa Rica, Colombia and Vietnam topping the league. The UK features at position 44 – higher than Germany (47), Spain (62), Canada (65), Australia (76) and the US (105). The map was compiled by the relocation website Movehub, using data from the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI) – a global measure of sustainable wellbeing. The HPI claims it ‘measures what matters’, rather than wealth: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them.

Each of the three component measures – life expectancy, the level of well-being experienced and ecological footprint – is given a traffic-light score based on thresholds for good (green), middling (amber) and bad (red) performance. These scores are combined to an expanded six-colour traffic light for the overall HPI score, where, to achieve bright green – the best of the six colours, a country would have to perform well on all three individual components. In order to compile the data, researchers directly asked people in each country for their views. … see more

source: dailymail UK