Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index is out. The U.S. fell from the 2013 held 12th position to number 23, and Panama is still rocking that well-being scale.
According to the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, an average of one ins six adults across the world are thriving.
Particularly those in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica or Mexico which scored the top positions in the ranking. Overall, the Americas are on top of their game, underpinning the century-old wise saying that money doesn’t buy happiness.
At the opposite end of the Global Well-Being Index, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Cameroon are the least thriving countries in the five sectors covered by the Gallup survey. Sub-Saharan Africa overall is the least thriving region of the world.
The Global Well-Being Index researched and compiled by Gallup-Healthways is an encompassing effort to take a closer look at what makes citizens of the world feel accomplished and fulfilled.
It has been and extensive seven year research and over 2 million interviews conducted in the U.S. alone to release yearly comprehensive data. For 2014 Gallup-Healthways conducted 146,000 phone and face-to-face interviews across 145 countries.
This global well-being barometer follows five encompassing categories on which the per state averages are calculated. These are, according to the Gallup-Healthways website:
“Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals. Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life. Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security. Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community. Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily”.
As Panama leads the well-being ranking for the second year consecutively, Costa Rica follows after. Of the European continent, Switzerland gets the praises.
The U.S. dropped 11 positions to the 23rd place in the Index, faring above Canada and behind Israel. Nonetheless, the well being score of the U.S. registered only a 3 percent drop in thriving citizens from 33 percent in 2013 to 2014.
The overall conclusion pinpointed by the Gallup Well-Being Index is that one state’s GDP does not correlate with the subjective perception of an individual’s or a population’s well-being. For instance, South Korea or Croatia cannot boast a high GDP or stable financial situation. Yet, their well-being rankings fare well above those of other states’ that might look better from the GDP angle.
This is one aspect that could be greatly explored as an immense opportunity by leaders across the world. Leveraging the well-being of a state’s population increases health conditions and in time economic value.
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