People in a number of African countries, including Burundi, Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Togo, are the least happy people in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2016.
Jon Clifton, managing partner with the U.S.-based global research company Gallup, said the report took into account countries’ per capita gross domestic product, life expectancy, corruption, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.
“The report actually identifies that there are six things that contribute. The single biggest is actually GDP per capita or income. The other five are trust, life expectancy, social support, freedom, and generosity,” he said.
Clifton said the deadly Ebola in West Africa contributed to Liberia’s poor standing in the rankings because a lot of well-being within a country can be determined by recent events. Read more