Something called the World Happiness Survey came out and Puerto Rico slipped from Number 1 to Number 2, upended by Denmark, where drugs are legal and prostitutes display themselves in public windows.
Oh, wait, that's Amsterdam. But it's closer to Denmark than We are, so thus they are happier.
Then again, another such survey says that Nigeria is actually Number One. Nigeria? Are they serious? In that survey, Mexico ranks Number Two and Puerto Rico Number Five. Mexico is nice, but mariachi music always makes My teeth ache.
Then there's a study that says that "world happiness is rising," implies that (a) We are happier; (b) We are caught up in the idea of being happier or (c) We're deluding Ourselves. I vote for a combination of -b- and -c-, with a dash of paprika for that exotic twist.
According to that "rising happiness" survey, the fastest rising level of happiness is seen in India. That bodes well for a country of 1.2 billion people speaking some 350+ languages and dialects, engaging in religious strife and possessing nuclear weapons. I say We encourage them to be happier!
As far as We go in terms of happiness, it seems inextricably linked to getting on an airplane and booking the hell out of here. Why else do We have so many of Us leaving Our emerald pearl (just work with Me here, okay?) and fleeing for the much-less-happier U.S. of part of A.? 'Cuz none of the happiness surveys ranks the U.S any higher than 14th and most place it in the middle of the pack.
So. Are We happy here or are We happy because We can go there? Let's ask a Dane in Nigeria who's traveling to India. She should know.
The Jenius Has Spoken.