Interesting. Apparently Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and the UAE have the U.S. beat.
Originally Posted by from the official report of the survey
Another two SWB measures are reports of emotional states. They are based on a list of survey questions on emotional experience the day before the interview: 1) Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? 2) Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment? 3) How about happiness? 4) How about worry? 5) How about sadness? 6) How about anger? The answers to the first three questions reveal positive emotional feelings. The answers to the other three questions reveal negative feelings. We use the first three questions to construct a score of positive emotions, which is essentially the number of “yes” answers. The score has four steps from zero to three. Zero means that the respondent reports no positive experiences; three means all three positive experiences are reported. In a symmetrical manner, we constructthe score of negative emotions based on the three questions about negative emotions.
I suppose this is a very good measure of happiness.
This is the link to the report, if anyone's interested:
Actually wait, I did figure out something that was wrong with the Harry-Yoda-Luke-Gandalf-Dumbledore-Frodo-Picard meme! There is no universal hero archetype character in Star Trek that Captain Picard would be talking to. He gives commands to various different characters, but I can't think of one specific person who would be 'The Hero of the Quest' archetype. I dunno, maybe Riker could be a hero archetype, but not a questing sort of hero.