The happiest countries in the world have been revealed

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Egypt rose in the World Happiness Report 2017 to rank 104 out of 155 countries surveyed on their population's happiness, from 120 out of 157 nations in 2016.

The report being based on six main issues related to personal and social needs - income, life expectancy, social support, generosity, freedom, and trust - it's not surprising that most countries in the bottom positions are located in the African continent.

One reason for the Nordic countries' good performance in the happiness report is the sense of community in societies, according to its lead author.

Ranked fourth in each of the last two years and second in 2013, Norway has leaped to the top of the social happiness list.

Thailand is the 32nd happiest country in the world while Norway ranked first, according to a report released at the United Nations to mark the International Day of Happiness on Monday.

"Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top", the question poses.

"By choosing to produce oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the volatile ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies". As far as the previous year reports are concerned, Pakistan stood at 92 while India was placed at 118.

Norway's other Scandinavian neighbour, Sweden, stayed at tenth on the list, while the United States dropped from 13 to 14.

"As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations", Sachs said.

The World Happiness report centers largely on the "Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale", used by American research centre Gallup. It is the fifth report to come out since 2012.

"This American social crisis is widely noted, but it has not translated into public policy", Sachs wrote.

In order to raise the overall level of happiness among US citizens, the report urges America to rebuild social capital by remedying the five factors through campaign finance reform, reducing financial inequality through new policies, improving race relations and better access to quality education. This dip took place despite average incomes and healthy life expectancy having increased in the U.S.in the past ten years. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump was trying to pursue, he added, would make things worse. "I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction", Sachs said. Its prime minister first proposed a World Happiness Day to the United Nations in 2011 and launched an global focus on happiness.

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