Despite what you might think after watching everybody in that Pharrell video dance around like damn fools, the United States is not the happiest country in the world. In fact, we don’t even crack the top 10.
Nope, according to a recent report measuring the well-being of citizens in 135 countries, the United States is the 14th happiest country in the world, bested by the likes of Sweden, Uruguay, and even our overly friendly neighbors to the frigid north, Canada. But it's so cold there, how can that be?
Turns out, weather was only a partial factor. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index 2013 -- which surveyed 133,000 residents per country -- assessed each nation's happiness level across five categories: physical, financial, social, community, and purpose. And the country who's apparently taken Pharrell's message most to heart? Well, believe it or not, that would be Panama -- they came in numero uno.
As for the other nine nations (some of which may have you scratching your head), here are their happiness scores and our best guess as to what keeps 'em smiling.