What is correlated with happiness in countries? What isn’t?
In the 21 countries reported in “Happiness the World Over” the relationships between subjective wellbeing were found to be positively correlated with countries that enjoy individual and economic freedom, higher life expectancy, lower rates of infant mortality and greater wealth. There were no significant correlations between happiness and marriage rates, divorce rates, fertility rates, literacy rates, suicide rates and penal incarceration rates.
Source: “Happiness the World Over” from Gender Issues, Volume 26, Numbers 3-4, 183-204