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Rwanda is the happiest country in Africa, Sudan is last

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For the first time in a decade, the research firm reported that every one of the top 10 countries on its Positive Experience Index are from Latin America.

Most people around the world get depressed by many things including, bad economic times, bad politics, insecurity, corruption  and so many other things just to mention a few that give them a negative attitude towards life.

But not everyone finds life that depressing.  People who live in Latin America are said to be happiest on the continent despite their economic challenges, this is according to a study conducted by Gallup

For the first time in a decade, the research firm reported that every one of the top 10 countries on its Positive Experience Index are from Latin America.

At the top was Paraguay, which received a top score of 89, followed by Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala, which all tied at 84.

Those scores were compiled from five questions Gallup asked adults in 143 countries.

On the entire African continent, Kenyans are the second happiest people after Rwanda, according to the study. Worldwide, Kenya ranks at position 33 on the Gallup Happiness Index 2014.

Rwanda, at number 15 out of 143 countries, is the happiest country in Africa.

The results were released on Friday to coincide with the United Nations’ third annual International Day of Happiness on March 20.

The results, which covered about 1,000 adults in each of the 143 countries, for the first time showed the richest people are not necessarily the happiest.

In fact the top 10 happiest countries were all from Latin America, led by Paraguay, most of them relatively poor countries.

The two countries with the worst happiness ratings were both in Africa, with Sudan scoring right below Tunisia, the site of a terrorist attack earlier this week.

The United States tied for 15th with a index score of 79, eight higher than the global mean of 71.

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This is how Gallup ranked the countries

1. Paraguay 89

2.Colombia 84

2.Ecuador 842.

4.Guatemala 8

5. Honduras 82

5. Panama 82

5. Venezuela 82

8. Costa Rica 81

8. El Salvador 81

8. Nicaragua 81

11. Philippines 80

11. Singapore 80

11. Switzerland 80

11. Uruguay 80

15. Argentina 79

15. Bhutan 79

15. Canada 79

15. Chile 79

15. Dominican Republic 79

15. Netherlands 79

15. New Zealand 79

15. Norway 79

15. Rwanda 79

15. Sweden 79

15. USA 79

26. Denmark 78

26. Finland 78

26. Indonesia 78

26. Luxembourg 78

36. Puerto Rico 78

26. Taiwan 78

26. Uzbekistan 78

33. Bolivia 77

33. Germany 77

33. Kenya 77

36. Belgium 76

36. France 76

36. Ireland 76

36. Mauritius 76

36. Mexico 76

36. Nigeria 76

36. Sri Lanka 76

43. Australia 75

43. Austria 75

43. China 75

43. Peru 75

43. South Africa 75

43. Thailand 75

43. United Kingdom 75

50. Brazil 74

50. Mauritania 74

50. Namibia 74

50. Senegal 74

50. Spain 74

55. Belize 73

55. Mali 73

57. Portugal 72

57. Saudi Arabia 72

57. Tanzania 72

60. Malaysia 71

60. Vietnam 71

62. Ghana 70

62. India 70

62. Italy 70

62. Jamaica 70

62. Poland 70

67. Cambodia 69

67. Malawi 69

67. Malta 69

67. Sierra Leone 69

71. Guinea 68

71. Myanmar 68

71. Slovenia 68

71. Zimbabwe 68

75. Botswana 67

75. Cyprus 67

75. Greece 67

75. Hong Kong 67

75. Jordan 67

75. Kyrgyzstan 67

75. Madagascar 67

75. Zambia 67

83. Japan 66

83. Niger 66

85. Ivory Coast 65

85. Kazakhstan 65

85. Russia 65

85. Slovakia 65

85. Turkmenistan 65

90. Algeria 64

90. Angola 64

90. Burkina Faso 64

90. Cameroon 64

90. Estonia 64

90. Latvia 64

90. Macedonia 64

90. Northern Cyprus 64

90. Tajikistan 64

90. Uganda 64

100. Albania 63

100. Burundi 63

102. Czech Republic 62

102. Lebanon 62

104. Chad 61

104. Haiti 61

104. Hungary 61

104. Iran 61

104. Israel 61

104. Mongolia 61

110. Benin 60

110. Bulgaria 60

110. Congo (Brazzaville) 60

110. Ethiopia 60

110. Iraq 60

110. Montenegro 60

110. Romania 60

110. Yemen 60

118. Armenia 59

118. Gabon 59

118. Palestinian Territories 59

118. South Korea 59

122. Belarus 58

122. Egypt 58

122. Kosovo 58

122. Togo 58

126. Congo (Kinshasa) 57

126. Croatia 57

126. Liberia 57

126. Pakistan 57

130. Azerbaijan 56

130. Moldova 56

130. South Sudan 56

130. Ukraine 56

134. Afghanistan 55

134. Bosnia & Herzegovina 55

134. Georgia 55

134. Lithuania 55

134. Nepal 55

139. Bangladesh 54

139. Serbia 54

139. Turkey 54

142. Tunisia 52

143. Sudan 47