Global Survey Finds Happiness on the Rise

There is a 10% jump in global happiness.

Do you find yourself smiling more? Do you walk around with an extra pep in your step? Have you been waking up on the right side of the bed most mornings? You’re not alone. According to WIN/Gallup International’s annual End of the Year survey, 70 percent of people around the world report that they are very happy with their lives, thank you very much. That’s a 10 percent jump up from last year, when people were only just kinda happy.

The poll turned up a number of other interesting findings: Africa is seemingly the happiest region, with 83 percent of people polled reporting that they were content with their lives. Asia came in second, with people in the region reporting positively at 77 percent. When asked whether they would go to war for their countries, respondents in Western European countries overwhelming said ‘nay’ – only 27 percent said they would. In the U.S., however, that number was slightly higher – 44 percent of U.S. respondents said they were willing to fight for their flag. In the Middle East and North Africa, however, the number was significantly higher: they responded positively at 77 percent.

People all around the world, however, remain convinced that tomorrow will be a better day. Global results found that 53 percent of people worldwide believe 2015 will be a better year. Optimism! Somewhere, Pharrell is smiling quietly to himself.