New Poll Finds The World’s Happiest People

MEXICO CITY (December 19, 2012)--The world's happiest people aren't in Qatar, the richest country by most measures or in Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy or even in Canada, with its chart-topping percentage of college graduates, which doesn't even make the top 10.

A poll of nearly 150,000 people around the world says that seven of the 10 countries with the most positive attitudes are in Latin America.

Many of the seven do poorly in traditional measures of well-being, such as Guatemala, a country torn by decades of civil war followed by waves of criminality that give it one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Guatemala sits just above Iraq on the United Nations' Human Development Index, a composite of life expectancy, education and per capita income, but the study ranks it seventh in positivity.

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