I can't think why this is so for it's one of those things which we really should take note of. They fell to 14th spot, down one from 2016, and the report contains its own chapter on American unhappiness.
Norway has been declared the country with the happiest population in the world.
The annual World Happiness Report published on Monday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has ranked Israel as the 11th happiest country in the world in 2014 for the fourth year in a row.
Rounding out the top spots are, in descending order, Denmark at #2, Iceland and Switzerland, whose overall rankings are so close as to be statistically insignificant.
Finland also has no national minimum wage. With more effort, the country can still improve from the middle ranks of the report and be at par with Asia's better performers.
Sure, it could be only correlation instead of causation.
The developing world has its share of unhappy countries. "If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it?" asked John Helliwell, the lead author of the report and an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada (ranked No. 7).
In the case of Thailand, social support made up the largest part of the total score, followed by GDP per capita. "But the data show conclusively that this is the wrong approach", said Sachs, in a section of the report entitled "Restoring American Happiness".
In fact, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just unveiled the first ever World Happiness Council this week.
Happiness in the United States appears to be declining.
It is likely to be considered a sign of progress after the appointment of a happiness minister and the adoption of a happiness charter by government departments a year ago.
Researchers then use six metrics to interpret the results; gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, healthy life expectancy, support from relatives or friends, charitable giving, freedom to make life choices and perceived level of government and corporate corruption.
"The United States can and should raise happiness by addressing America's multi-faceted social crisis- rising inequality, corruption, isolation, and distrust-rather than focusing exclusively or even mainly on economic growth, especially since the concrete proposals along these lines would exacerbate rather than ameliorate the deepening social crisis".
The five lowest ranked were Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda. In fact, USA happiness as at its lowest score since 2006, dipping to about 6.8 on a 10-point scale measured by the Gallup International Cantril ladder.