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The business of measuring happiness may make you smile or frown, but it can serve as an interesting look into a nation's self-perception, and the data on well-being seems more interesting.

"Reported contentment in the U.S. declined from 2005-2007 to 2013-2015, according to the latest World Happiness Report. It's unclear if we can make America happy again.

"The U.S. came in 93rd out of 126 countries ranked by changes in national effervescence. The countries that are "most happier" today include Nicaragua (1), Ecuador (3), Russia (10), and China (19). The tipping point is at Australia (70) and Austria (71), which show practically no change. The deepest downturn? Well, Greece."--Eric Roston, Bloomberg

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