Photo: The Earth Institute
The first ever World Happiness Report was published last week by Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Its editors included John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs.The Happiness Report details what makes people happy, what countries are the happiest, and many other factors involving general happiness.
One chart we found interesting was this one on the average level of happiness by education level. The happiest were those who had post-graduate degrees, while the least happy were those with no formal education.
What’s more intriguing, however, was that people with just a bachelor’s degree are generally less happy than those with any form of formal education.
Here’s some anecdotal information from the report.
Another happy person as defined by the GNH Index is an unmarried young woman aged 26 living in urban Tashigang. She completed a bachelor’s degree and is a civil servant living alone. She scores highly across domains, although she misses a sense of belonging. When asked what contributes to her happiness she replied: love, family, friends, education, and enough money.
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