U.S. well-being rank may surprise you

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (MEDIA GENERAL) – Panama tops the rankings for well-being around the world, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways. This is the second year Panama ended up on top. The United States ranks 23rd.

The analysis surveyed citizens in 145 countries and areas to figure out how people feel about their lives on a daily basis. The Global Well-Being Index measures well-being across five areas; purpose, social, financial, community and physical. People are categorized as either thriving, struggling or suffering.

Panama’s results show 53 percent of its residents are thriving in three or more of the factors considered for the index. Panama ranked highest for purpose and physical well-being.

The top 10 included:

  • Panama
  • Costa Rica
  • Puerto Rico
  • Switzerland
  • Belize
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Guatemala
  • Austria
  • Mexico

The United States ranked 23rd overall in the 2014 analysis. It fell after being ranked 12th a year before.

The countries struggling the most include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cameroon, Togo, and Tunisia. In Afghanistan, zero percent of those surveyed reported thriving in three of more of the factors considered for the study.

According to the report, the state of a country’s well-being provides insight into levels of prosperity and progress.

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