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The People of Panama Have the Highest Rates of Well-Being in the Entire World

More than half of the people of Panama are “Thriving,” according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The research looks at five elements of “well-being”—purpose, social, financial, community and physical—and examines what percentage of each country’s people are thriving in each. Panama—which took the top spot for the second straight year—was followed by Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Belize, Chile, Denmark, Guatemala, Austria and Mexico. The U.S., which did not rank in the top 10 in any of the individual categories, ranked 23. Afghanistan ranked the lowest out of all 145 countries and territories looked at in the research. One of the researchers explained to Reuters, “People in Panama will report a lot of daily happiness, a lot of daily smiling and laughter, and a lot of daily enjoyment without a lot of stress and worry” …

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