The Happy Scots
A new research report published by the Scottish Government shows the Scots are the happiest people in the UK and among the happiest in Europe.
On a ten-point scale, the Scots scored a "life satisfaction" rating of 8.06 compared to 7.2 for the rest of the UK.
The survey puts Scotland near the top end of the happiness scale, behind Switzerland and Denmark but ahead of Sweden and Finland.
Ukraine and Bulgaria scored less than five.
The survey asked people to rate on a scale of one to 10 questions on how happy and satisfied with their lives they were, and how satisfied they were with their jobs, their personal lives and their standard of living.
Denmark is the happiest country in the world (according to the World Values Survey)
1. It is small.
2. It is relatively tolerant.
3. It is relatively democratic.
4. And it is relatively prosperous.
Countries scoring in the top ten included Colombia, Canada, and Puerto Rico, all of which have relatively small populations.
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The World Values Survey is carried out by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.
The 2008 survey is published in the July issue of Perspectives in Psychological Science.
The survey consists of only two questions:
1. "Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, not at all happy?"
2. "All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life?"
The survey is given to about 350,000 people in 97 countries.
The experts at Michigan University say there has been an increase in world happiness and the rise in happiness is most likely due to increases in:
2. social tolerance
3. economic growth.
"Ultimately, the most important determinant of happiness is the extent to which people have free choice in how to live their lives. Policies that help increase the society's sense of solidarity and tolerance may also help."
The unhappiest countries were Zimbabwe, Armenia and Moldova. These are small countries but they have had their problems.