You may think that the happiest place in the world is a sun drenched tropical island or a country rolling in riches but the data reveals that neither of those things are true.
Many of the top happiest or most content countries in the world are located in cold locales and aren't rolling in riches (with the exception of a few):
3. The Netherlands
6. New Zealand
*Notice the United States in not in the top ten, that should says something about our young country.
Here's a map of most satisfied countries on a global scale:
Many of the happiest countries also have a high peace index:
An in depth look at why the top ten countries hold the rankings they do and possible ways the average and below average countries can improve their rankings.