Thanks to the country of Bhutan, which came in 97th place this year, happiness has been an important metric for various countries after the prime minister proposed World Happiness Day to the United Nations.
Finland has come out on top of an worldwide index that ranks nations by how happy they are as places to live. In fact, the US has never even entered the top 10 of the World Happiness Report ranking. Of the 141 countries that had enough data from both 2008-10 and 2015-17 to measure how their happiness had changed, the United States ranked 107th, with a drop of 0.315 in its average happiness rating.
The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
This cuts both ways: A person who moves to a country high on the happiness list will probably become happier, and a person who moves to a lower-ranked country will probably become less happy.
Meik Wiking, CEO of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute, told the AP that Nordic countries like Finland are "doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives". Netanyahu said. "It's a country in this disgusting neighborhood, you've got terrorism, you've got radical Islam, you've got challenges, ' but it comes up ahead of most countries in the world".
Europe's Nordic nations, none particularly diverse, have dominated the index since it first was produced in 2012.
"Briefly put, (Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being", Wiking said, according to the Daily Mail. "Yes, we have many things that make me happy".
"The attitude of immigrants is also important - if they are to find and accept opportunities to connect with the local populations, this is better for everyone", the report explained.
John Helliwell, an economist at the University of British Columbia and one of the report's authors, said there were many similarities between countries in the top ten.
Germany came in at number 15, ahead of the United States (18th) and the United Kingdom (19th). "The U.S. happiness ranking is falling, in part because of the ongoing epidemics of obesity, substance abuse, and untreated depression". The country also has a socio-economic system which leads to more income equality - a major factor in unhappiness - than other high income nations.
"The closeness of the two rankings shows that the happiness of immigrants depends predominantly on the quality of life where they now live", the report's executive summary said. During the winter months, the sun doesn't rise at all for 51 days in Lapland, northern Finland.