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This year the World Happiness Report levels of happiness Well being inequality. focuses especially on the environment significantly reduces average life evaluations. social urban and natural suggesting that people are happier to live in. societies with less disparity in the quality of life. After presenting our usual country rankings and, explanations of life evaluations in Chapter 2 we The next step is to explore what determines. turn to these three categories of environment well being inequality and to see how the effects. and how they affect happiness of misfortune on happiness are moderated by. the strength and warmth of the social fabric Life,The social environment is dealt with in detail. evaluations are first explained at the individual,in the later parts of Chapter 2 It is also a main. level based on income health and a variety of,focus of Chapter 7 which looks at happiness. measures of the quality of the social environment 4. in the Nordic countries and finds that higher, Several particular risks are considered ill health.
personal and institutional trust are key factors,discrimination low income unemployment 5. in explaining why life evaluations are so high,separation divorce or widowhood and safety in. in those countries,the streets The happiness costs of these risks. Urban life is the focus of Chapter 3 which are very large especially for someone living in. examines the happiness ranking of cities and of a low trust social environment For example. Chapter 4 which compares happiness in cities Marie who is in good health employed married. and rural areas across the world An Annex with average income sees herself as free from. considers recent international efforts to develop discrimination and feels safe in the streets at. common definitions of urban peri urban and night is estimated to have life satisfaction 3 5. rural communities points higher on the 0 to 10 scale than Helmut. who is in fair or worse health unemployed in the,The natural environment is the focus of Chapter 5. bottom fifth of the income distribution divorced,which examines how the local environment affects.
and afraid in the streets at night This is the,happiness Chapter 6 takes a longer and broader. difference if they both live in a relatively low trust. focus on the UN s Sustainable Development,environment But if they both lived where trust in. Goals SDGs The wide range of the SDGs links,other people government and the police were. them to all three of the environmental themes,relatively high the well being gap between them. considered in other chapters,would shrink by one third The well being costs.
In the rest of this Overview chapter we of hardship are thus significantly less where. synthesize the main findings relating to the there is a positive social environment within. three environmental themes We then conclude which one is more likely to find a helping hand. with a brief summary of the individual chapters and a friendly face Since hardships are more. whose results are being reviewed here prevalent among those at the bottom of the. well being ladder a trusting social environment,does most to raise the happiness of those in. Social Environments for Happiness distress and hence delivers greater equality. In the first half of Chapter 2 six factors are used of well being. to explain happiness and four of these measure A similar story emerges when we look at supports. different aspects of the social environment for well being which include the direct effects of. having someone to count on having a sense of social and institutional trust high incomes close. freedom to make key life decisions generosity social support and frequent meetings with. and trust The second half of the chapter digs friends Let s consider the example of Luigi who. deeper paying special attention first to the is in the top third of Europeans in terms of the. effects that inequality has on average happiness trust he has in other people government and. and then on how a good social environment the police meets socially with friends weekly or. operates to reduce inequality Just as life more has at least one person with whom to. evaluations provide a broader measure of discuss intimate problems and is in the top fifth. well being than income does inequality of of the distribution of household income He has a. well being turns out to be more important happiness level 1 8 points higher than Klara who. than income inequality in explaining average lives in a low trust environment with weak social. World Happiness Report 2020, Figure 1 1 Happiness in Europe with Nordic trust and social connections. Figure 1 1 Happiness in Europe with Nordic trust and social connections. The results shown in Figure 1 1 are striking The current European distribution of happiness. shown in black and white with a mean value of 7 09 shifts significantly with a higher. ties This gap is reduced bywith much less inequality. one fifth when we if the trust and,The social connection. results levels of,shown inthe Nordic 1 1 are striking The. take account of the countries,fact that the,existed advantages.
across all of Europe asofshown current,in two tone European distribution. green with a mean value of of happiness, higher income and close personal social supports shown in black and white with a mean value of. 7 68 The darker green bars show the effects of the trust increases on their own while the. are less significant in an environment of generally 7 09 shifts significantly with a higher mean and. high social trust lighter green bars show what is added by having with Nordic much. levels of less,social inequality,connections Theif the trust and social. trust increases aloneof,areansufficient,connection levels of the Nordic. to raise average life evaluations by 0 50 points to 7 59. countries existed,This new evidence of the power environ.
across all of Europe as shown in two tone green,ment to raise average lifeaccounting. thereby qualityfor andmoreto reduce, than half the amountwithby which actual life satisfaction in the The darker green. a mean value of 7 68, inequality can be used to illustrate the analysis of. Nordic countries 8 05 exceeds than of Europebars show. as a whole Thethe effects,Nordic of the trust increases on. social connections,Chapter 7 which explains the higher happiness.
their own while the lighter green bars show,of the Nordic countries largely. add another 0 09 in terms,points of the, Together the changes in trust and social connections explain 60 of. what is added by having Nordic levels of social,high quality often hard won of their local and. the happiness gap between the Nordic countries and Europe as a whole. connections The Although,trust close social,increases alone are. national social environments We can illustrate,connections are very important sufficient.
they are only modestly to raise,more prevalent average. in the Nordic life evaluations by,this by comparing the distribution of happiness. 0 50 points to 7 59 thereby accounting for,among 375 000 individual Europeans in 35. more than half the amount by which actual life,countries with what it would be if all countries. satisfaction in the Nordic countries 8 05, had the same average levels of social trust trust 5.
exceeds than of Europe as a whole The Nordic, in institutions and social connections as are found. social connections add another 0 09 points,in the Nordic countries The new distribution. Together the changes in trust and social,does not change anyone s health income. connections explain 60 of the happiness gap,employment family status or neighbourhood. between the Nordic countries and Europe as a,safety all of which are more favourable on.
whole Although close social connections are,average in the Nordic countries than in the rest. very important they are only modestly more,of Europe In Figure 1 1 we simply increase each. prevalent in the Nordic countries than elsewhere, person s levels of trust and social connections to. in Europe It is the higher levels of social and, the average of those living in the Nordic countries. institutional trust that are especially important,to give some idea of the power of a good social.
in raising happiness and reducing inequality,environment to raise the average level and lower. the inequality of well being, Urban Happiness Three key facts are immediately apparent from. Figure 1 2 all of which are amplified and explained. This Report marks the first time that we have,in the chapters on urban life First city rankings. looked at the happiness of city life across the,and country rankings are essentially identical. world both comparing cities with other cities,Second in most countries especially at lower.
and looking at how happy city dwellers are on,levels of average national happiness city. average compared to others living in the same,dwellers are happier than those living outside. country The results are contained in the city,cities by about 0 2 points on the life evaluation. rankings of Chapter 3 the urban rural happiness,scale running from 0 to 10 Third the urban. comparisons of Chapter 4 and an Annex,happiness advantage is less and sometimes.
presenting and making use of new urban,negative in countries at the top of the happiness. definitions from the EU and other international 6,distribution This is shown by the regression line. partners There are several striking findings in,in Figure 1 2. the two chapters as illustrated by Figure 1 2 7, The figure plots the average life evaluations of If the ranking of city level life evaluations mimics. city dwellers in 138 countries against average that of the countries in which they are located. life evaluations in the country as a whole in then we would expect cities from the same. both cases measured using all available Gallup country to be clustered together in the city. World Poll responses for 2014 2018 rankings This is indeed what we find For example. the 10 large US cities included in the cities, ranking all fall between positions 18 and 31 in the.
Figure 1 2 Life evaluations in major cities and their countries. Figure 1 2 Life evaluations in major cities and their countries. WellbeingScore,Country Well being,within Country,Citywithin. 11 r r 0 96,00 11 22 33 44 55 66 77 88 99 10,Country Wellbeing Score. Well being Score,Regression Line,45 line Regression line 45 line. World Happiness Report 2020, list of 186 cities The fact that two Swedish cities Sustainable Natural Environments. Stockholm and G teborg differ by fifteen places,The natural environment is the focus of both.
in the rankings 9 for Stockholm and 24 for,Chapters 5 and 6 Chapter 5 starts by noting. G teborg might suggest a large gap between,the widespread surge in interest in protecting. two cities in the same country But they lie within. the natural environment supported by Gallup,the same statistical confidence region partly. World Poll data showing widespread public,because of the number of similarly scoring. concern about the environment The chapter,US cities lying between G teborg and Stockholm.
then presents two sorts of evidence the first,in the rankings and partly because of the. international and the second local and immediate,small samples available for cities outside the. For the first the chapter assesses how national,United States. average densities of various pollutants and, The urban rural chapter pays special attention to different aspects of the climate and land cover. the declining urban advantage as development affect average life evaluations in those OECD. proceeds and lists a number of contributing countries where data on these measures are. factors Their key Figure 4 3 actually shows recorded The authors find significant negative. average urban happiness falling below average effects on life evaluations from airborne. rural happiness after some level of economic particulates shown in Figures 5 2a and 5 2b. development In most regions of the world and a small but significant preference for more. the higher levels of happiness in cities can be moderate temperatures. explained by better economic circumstances,The second strand of the evidence shifts from.
and opportunities in cities Although in a number,national data to very local experiences of a. of the richer countries the rural population is,sample of 13 000 volunteers in greater London. happier than its urban counterpart cities that,whose phones reported their locations when. combine higher income with high levels of trust,they were asked on half a million occasions to. and connectedness are less likely to have their,report their emotional states what they were.
life evaluations fall below the national average,doing and with whom they were doing it. as they become richer In the relatively few,These answers were than collated with detailed. countries with detailed data on life satisfaction,environmental data for the time and location of. of communities of all sizes and where rural,each response These data included closeness to. communities are happier than major urban,rivers lakes canals and greenspaces air quality.
centres the key factor correlated with the rural,and noise levels an. Environments for Happiness An Overview John F Helliwell Vancouver School of Economics University of British Columbia Richard Layard Wellbeing Programme Centre for Economic Performance London School of Economics and Political Science Jeffrey D Sachs President SDSN Director Center for Sustainable Development Columbia University Jan Emmanuel De Neve Director Wellbeing Research Centre

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