Australia Ranked Happiest Developed Nation

Australia Ranked Happiest Developed Nation

August 15, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


(Image source: Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development) 

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL 

You might find a few more smiles down under compared to other places across the world. Home to beautiful beaches, magnificent coral
reefs and extensive deserts, Australia has been ranked as the world’s happiest nation
among developed economies for the third year in a row. (Via YouTube / pleasetakemeto) This is according to the Better Life Index
report, released this week by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD). The study analyzed 36 countries on criteria like income levels, health, safety
and housing. When it comes to these measures of well-being,
Australia takes the cake. 84 percent of Australians say they have more positive experiences in
an average day than negative ones. And it seems like money might have something to do
with it. More than 73% of Australia’s 23 million people
aged 15 to 64 have a paid job, seven percent above the OECD average. And the average amount
of spending money for each household is nearly $29,000 a year. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Anthony
Winning) The BBC points out Australia’s economy has
stayed relatively strong despite the recent financial crisis worldwide. It was the only
major developed nation to avoid the global recession in 2009. And Australia has seen
a greater demand of its natural resources over the past two decades, also boosting its
economy. But the notion of happiness appears to be
debatable. The data from the Better Life Index report conflicts with others of its kind. The Happy Planet Index report ranks Costa
Rica as the happiest nation in the world based on its ecological footprint, life expectancy
and experience well-being. The U.N. also released a “happy” list of its
own last year. According to Gallup polls taken from 2005-2011, Denmark reigned supreme. (Via
TIME) OECD put Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland
in the top five, along with Australia. The U.S. came in as number six.