Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director of the SDSN, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs said that the UN report offers rich evidence that the systematic measurement and analysis of happiness can teach a lot about ways to improve the world's well-being and sustainable development, the New York Daily News reports.
The UN team discovered that the countries with the 'highest levels of happiness' are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden.
The researchers asked an average of 3,000 residents of each country to rank their life satisfaction and identified major categories of happiness that included income, health, social support, and freedom.
Meanwhile, residents of African nations like Central African Republic and Benin ranked at the bottom of the happiness survey while the US came 17th less happy than Canada, with a drop of three percent over the past five years.
Middle East residents' happiness quotient dropped 11.7 percent overall, the report added.