Poll: Poorest countries are often the happiest

December 19, 2012 1:46:23 PM PST
The world's happiest people aren't in the richest country or the country with the highest life expectancy.

A global poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America.

It's a paradox because many of the seven do poorly in traditional measures of well-being, including public health, income and education.

The poll by Gallup Inc. finds prosperous nations can be deeply unhappy ones. Poverty-stricken ones are often overflowing with positivity.

Some say it's about focusing on things such as friends, family and religion.

The United States was No. 33 in the positive outlook.