The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations. It looks at the state of global happiness in 156 countries, ranking countries based on six variables: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
The latest World Happiness Report was recently released, and while there’s good news for places like Finland (which ranked at the top of the list for the second year in a row), it’s a sad state of affairs for the United States. Not only did the U.S. rank number 19, but happiness is also on the decline in America. “The years since 2010 have not been good ones for happiness and well-being among Americans,” read the report. “Even as the United States economy improved after the end of the Great Recession in 2009, happiness among adults did not rebound to the higher levels of the 1990s, continuing a slow decline ongoing since at least 2000.”
The U.S. dropped one spot since last year and five spots since 2017, and it also fared poorly in other areas: 61st for freedom, 42nd for corruption and 37th for social support. The only good news: The U.S. ranked 10th for income.