Happiness on the rise globally, survey finds

A handout picture taken by Prince Harry shows Lesothan children posing for a photograph at a herd boy school supported in Mokhotlong, Lesotho (December 2014) Image copyright AFP
Image caption Respondents in Africa were the happiest and most optimistic about the new year

Happiness is on the rise globally, according to an end-of-year survey of 64,000 people in 65 countries.

The market research and polling organisation WIN/Gallup found that 70% of respondents were content with their life - a 10% increase from last year.

Fiji was the happiest nation, with 93% of residents expressing contentment, and Iraq the least happy with 31%.

The survey found that Africa was the happiest region, with 83% of people saying they were happy or very happy.

Meanwhile, Western Europe appeared to be the least happy, with 11% of people classifying themselves as either unhappy or very unhappy.

Globally, 53% of those asked thought 2015 would be better than 2014.

Three-quarters of respondents in Africa were confident of an improvement, compared with 26% of those in Western Europe.

Nigeria was the most positive country, and Lebanon the most pessimistic.

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