Kenyans are the happiest people in the eastern Africa region but Mauritius leads in Africa followed by Morocco, Libya and Algeria according to a new happiness ranking report.
On the continent Kenya is ranked number thirteen after South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Egypt and Namibia.
The World Happiness Report 2017 sponsored by the UN and released on March 20, 2017, the international day of happiness shows that Kenya is the happiest nation among its East African peers helped by a mix of GDP per capita and social support.
“Having someone to count on has a very large impact on life evaluations even after allowing for the effects flowing through higher incomes and better health,” says the report.
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The muslim nations do well in social support but poorly on the freedom to choose what one wants but those whose GDP per capita is good are ranked way high on the table ahead of the democratic states.
Key factors used in ranking the nations include economic variables (such as income and employment), social factors (such as education and family life), and health (mental and physical).
Central African Republic is the least happy country in the world according to the report compiled by Gallup.
The significance of social support is important that it explains the falling ranking of American happiness which is due primarily to social rather than to economic causes.