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Exploration of World Happiness

I made an interactive visualization website of the state of global happiness including six factors – economic production, social support, life expectancy, freedom, absence of corruption, and generosity – that strongly contribute to making life evaluations higher. The source of data is the World Happiness Report; the happiness scores and rankings use data from the Gallup World Poll. The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The report reviews the state of happiness in the world and shows how the science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. It is one approach to measuring humanities well-being. The report continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions. It is part of a larger effort to redefine the growth narrative to put people’s well-being at the center of government’s efforts. The World Happiness Report was written by a group of independent experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more.  The data visualization I created is not definitive or final. There are many more portals on the web to explore happiness and life satisfaction further including the work of the late Hans Rosling.  I hope this work illuminates and raises questions.

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