WORLD Well, it helps to be in Western Europe . . . (CNN) Map the world’s happiest (and unhappiest) countries with today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries in seven major areas of happiness or “subjective well-being.” … Continue reading Where are the World’s Happiest Countries?
WORLD Where are the happiest people in the world? All over, it seems. Happiness is on the rise globally, according to an annual “Happiness Poll” of the citizens of 65 countries. (BBC) Map the world’s happiness with our MapMaker Interactive. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Consult the annual WIN/Gallup International Global Happiness Survey results. Particularly, … Continue reading Where Are the Happiest People in the World?
Jon, an intern with National Geographic Television Standards and Practices, graduated from Middlebury College with a major in geography and a minor in Russian. He holds a strong interest in urban, economic, and political geography. Like most geography majors, Jon loves to stare listlessly at the world map on the wall of his room and hopes to visit as many places shown on it as possible before he dies.
What makes a person happy? It’s a simple question, but a definite answer has eluded humanity since our hominid ancestors first developed the ability to feel emotions. Now, thanks to the cartographic work of Adrian White, a psychology professor at Britain’s University of Leicester, we can explore ways that happiness might be related to geography.
Looking for happiness? Head to Denmark but avoid Burundi. So says a British psychologist who has created the first “world map of happiness.” (Read a news story.) Adrian White used data such as health care, wealth, and education to create his list of happy nations. The Danes came out on top, along with European neighbors Switzerland, Austria, and Iceland. Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, and … Continue reading Who Says You Can’t Plot Happiness?