Who's Thriving Worldwide?
Adults within each of the four major regions are often worlds apart in how they evaluate their lives. Africa has the lowest wellbeing; no country in this region has a thriving percentage higher than 25%. In fact, of the 41 countries where the thriving percentage is 10% or lower, more than half are in Africa. Conversely, in the Americas, where "thriving" is highest, the only countries with less than a quarter thriving are Cuba (24%) and Haiti (4%). "Thriving" in the Americas is highest in Costa Rica (63%) and Canada (62%), followed closely by Panama (58%), Brazil (58%), and the United States (57%).At the extreme ends, 82 percent of people are "thriving" in Denmark and 1 percent are "thriving" in Togo.There are a few different measures of wellbeing that pollsters, economists, and academics use. In this survey, Gallup used the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, which asks you to imagine where you are on a scale from the "best possible life for you" to the "worst possible life for you," and where you think you'll be in five years. It's a much more subjective measure than Gross National Happiness, for example.
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