The index also assigns a "Major contributing factor," or MCF, to each nation to single out its worst asset. Venezuela's and Argentina's MCFs were consumer prices, while Syria's was unemployment.
As for the least miserable country, Brunei came in with a mere 4.94 rating, while Switzerland, land of neutrality and Europe’s best chocolate, was named the second best spot with 5.39 points, and Japan came in third-best, with a score of 5.69.
This year, the US improved its misery ranking, coming in at 95th (or 14th-best) with a score of 9.22. That's an improvement of 1.78 points over 2013, when the US ranked 71st. Maybe all those radio spins of Pharrell finally paid off.
But before you go and buy yourself an Arby's hat, here are the 10 most miserable countries in the world: