The National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago spent 18 years studying job satisfaction and general happiness. Well, I might have been too critical about religion, for 67% of clergy were at the top in happiness. The average American worker showed a score of 33%. At the very bottom were gas station attendants.
(In 2009, Vanuatu disappeared (was it global warming and sea level rise?), but the more recent list had 38 fewer countries. Costa Rica was #1, Dominican Republic #2, Jamaica #3, Guatemala #4 and Vietnam #5. The United States had improved to #114, with China at #20 and Zimbabwe last at #143, with Tanzania at #142. Whoops, my next trip includes Tanzania, where Mt. Kilimanjaro is located.)
The International Monetary Fund has Qatar ($83,841) as #1 and Luxembourg ($78,395) #2 on Gross National Product per capita. Interestingly enough, the CIA World Factbook has Liechtenstein #1 at $122,100, Qatar #2 at $121,700 and Luxembourg #3 at $78,000. The USA is #6 ($46,381) and #* ($46,400) respectively. I wonder why Qatar's numbers are so different, for it will be one of my stops on my Fall around the world odyssey.)