By Emily Wojcicki, The Associated PressMore than two dozen people from around the world have been selected as the happiest people in the world according to a list compiled by researchers at Stanford University.
The list, released Monday, is based on an annual survey of more than 12,000 people.
It also included some unexpected winners, such as people from the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada, Australia and the U.S.
The Stanford study ranked the happiest Americans based on four key metrics: how they interact with others, their overall happiness, their job satisfaction and their ability to relate to others.
The happiest Americans were also able to share their thoughts on the world in a range of ways, including using words, images and phrases to express themselves, the survey said.
The results were based on interviews with over 100,000 respondents from across the world, with the top performers included people from countries that include the U, U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
The list also included people in more than 30 countries.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 12,500 people in over 40 countries and interviewed about 2,000 of them each year for about a decade.
The participants included almost 2 million adults, with an average age of 54.
It took them about five years to complete the study.
The survey included a variety of questions about the participants’ experiences and lifestyles.
It was also based on questions about what motivated them to participate.
The survey included several questions about whether people felt connected to others and what kinds of things they wanted to achieve.
“We found that people are often drawn to people they think have positive qualities,” said Robert Schuman, a professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Human Resources Certification Program.
“They like people who are kind, they like people they like who are generous, they enjoy sharing their thoughts and experiences.”
The survey asked respondents about their jobs and career paths, their health and well-being, their social circles, their education and whether they felt connected with others.
Schuman said there is no single answer to whether people are happy or sad, but the results of the survey showed that happiness is often a function of the people who live in them.
“People who are happiest are the most likely to share the experience of the life they lead and live it,” he said.
“This is what we want for people, because it’s a way of making the world better.”
The study also found that the happiest countries had more jobs and people with higher levels of education.
It said the United States was ranked the most successful country in the global economy, followed by Britain and China.
The United States also has the highest life expectancy in the developed world, while the U to Canada and Australia are the least healthy.
More:The study said the happiest nations were also better equipped to tackle social ills such as poverty, inequality and environmental damage.
In general, people who were happier with their job were less likely to report feeling guilty, had more positive attitudes toward work and were more likely to be optimistic about the future, the researchers said.
In some cases, people were also more likely than people in other countries to express positive emotions when meeting a stranger.
For example, people in countries where people are more likely are to be happier with a colleague were more inclined to be willing to give someone a hug, for example, Schuman said.
“It’s not that we’re less happy, but we’re not feeling guilty or unhappy,” he added.
Schumer said it’s difficult to measure happiness in all the ways that people use the word.
For instance, people often use the term happy, sad, depressed and other negative words, he said, but people do not always report their actual level of happiness.
“But there’s a general feeling that people report a certain level of satisfaction or that their lives are better than they were before,” he explained.
The study found that countries with the highest level of social integration are generally less happy.
Schumans findings were based in part on a survey that he conducted in 2009 and 2010, when more than 60,000 adults answered a questionnaire.
The data included more than 400 questions about happiness and related issues, including what people are doing, how they feel about themselves and about others.
The answers were combined with data on other life outcomes including health and income.
“Our goal is to get people to be more engaged in life,” Schuman told The Associated News.
“If we can find people who can really connect with the other half of humanity, who are willing to take risks and to engage in creative activity, we can make this world a better place.”
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