Don’t worry, be happy…and get down to Costa Rica, the happiest country in the Americas. That’s according to a new Gallup World Poll assessing the happiness of 132 countries.
The results are based on samples of more than 136,000 people in each country who were asked how they would rate their lives on a scale from zero (worst possible) to 10 (best possible).
The scientists behind the poll say it proves there’s more to happiness than wealth. While the size of your wallet does matter, day-to-day happiness is more likely to be linked with how well one’s psychological and social needs are being met.
In Costa Rica, where social networks are tight, individuals are happy with their lot, regardless of financial success. “It’s probably things systemic to the society that make people over time develop better relationships, and put more value on relationships. Daily positive feelings rank really high there,” says Gallup researcher, Jim Harter.
Below is the top 10 list of the happiest countries in the Americas:
Editor’s note: See more world rankings here.