Great Danes

(H/T Yglesias). Gallup is out with a major study of relative “happiness” in 155 countries from data collected since 2005. Respondents were classified as “‘thriving,’ ’struggling,’ or ’suffering,’ according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale.” The surprise (for me, at least): the “thriving” Danes (take that Shakespeare!) and the Fins, whose numbers are around 80%. Meanwhile, the U.S. is at a “thriving” rate of 57%, which puts us ahead of the French (take that, cheese eaters…) but behind Brazil.

Meanwhile, the stats for Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, are horrifically low…