Is happiness a warm gun?

Is happiness a warm gun? The UN 2013 World Happiness Report suggests…not so much.

What’s the Happiness Report?

In July 2011 the UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution. It invited member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use this to help guide their public policies. This was followed in April 2012 by the first UN high-level meeting on happiness and well-being, chaired by the Prime Minister of Bhutan. At the same time the first World Happiness Report was published, followed some months later by the OECD Guidelines setting an international standard for the measurement of well-being. The present Report is sponsored by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (2013 World Happiness Report)
In the UN’s 2012 World Happiness Report the US ranked number eleven in the world for overall happiness. In the 2013 report the US dropped to 17th place. One of the major reasons cited for the changes in rank is “perception of corruption.”

In the table below, the observations about climate, guns, and taxes are my own.

Peace, Poor Richard

Source: World Happiness Report 2013

Source: World Happiness Report 2013

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