Updated on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 18:00
According to the study, which combined the results of
The surveys asked people to rate themselves on a ladder with steps labelled 0 to 10. People who rate their current lives a 7 or higher and say they expect their lives in five years to be an 8 or higher are considered to be thriving.
Those who rate their lives between 4 or less are considered "suffering", while "struggling" respondents fall between the two groups.
In the list of 124 countries,
With having 69 per cent happy people, Sweden and Canada ranked as the second most happiest countries, followed by Australia (66 per cent), Finland and Venezuela (64 per cent), Israel and New Zealand (63 per cent), Netherlands and Ireland (62 per cent).
With 61 per cent thriving population,
Among the least contended countries, the African nation of