There's cause for optimism.
For the Covid pandemic has not actually impacted global happiness, scientists have discovered.
Nordic countries once again dominated the 2023 World Happiness Report.
While Finland was also named the world's happiest country for the sixth year running, in the annual UN-sponsored index.
Despite several overlapping global crises including the pandemic and war in Ukraine, most countries saw global life satisfaction averages between 2020 and 2022 just as high as those in the pre-pandemic years, the researchers found.
Interviews with more than 100,000 people across the 137 countries ranked also saw significantly higher benevolence levels globally than before the pandemic.
The World Happiness Report, now in its 11th year, is based on people's own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data.
It assigns a happiness score on a scale of zero to 10, based on an average of data over a three-year period.
This year the authors also used data from social media to compare people's emotions before and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
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