This Is How 135 Nations Fare on Happiness

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A new international survey, the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, reveals how 135 countries rank when it comes to the well-being of their residents.

The results are based on how people fare on five factors that contribute to well-being. These factors include having purpose, being physically healthy, being financially secure, having supportive social relationships and being satisfied with the community. [Read the full story on world's happiest countries]

The Gallup's researchers looked at each country and the percentage of people who were thriving in three or more of these factors:

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Bahar Gholipour
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Bahar Gholipour is a staff reporter for Live Science covering neuroscience, odd medical cases and all things health. She holds a Master of Science degree in neuroscience from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and has done graduate-level work in science journalism at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has worked as a research assistant at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives at ENS.