UNICEF released a study last month that ranked more than 20 developed nations in six categories: material wealth, health, education, relationships, risky behaviors, and children’s subjective well-being. The result? “The
Call it hindsight bias, but it wasn’t too shocking to find that
“The findings that we got,” says Jonathan Bradshaw, one of the report’s authors and a professor of social policy at
This report supports the idea that well-being involves more than money. More research should try to provide a better sense of how different developed countries actually do or don't cultivate well-being in their citizens. "All countries have weaknesses to be addressed," says UNICEF's Marta Santos Pais, the study's director.