Switzerland tops the global happiness chart followed by a string of Scandinavian nations while the most unhappy nations are Togo, Burundi and Syria. Malaysia came out 61st.
Switzerland posted an index score of 7.587.
Singapore is in 24th spot (index 6.798), Thailand in 34th (6.455), Malaysia 61st (5.770) and Indonesia 74th (5.399).
This is the third annual report published by the United Nations. The study covers the period 2012-2014.
Among the components considered are real GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceptions of corruption, and dystopia (a sense of unhappiness, misery, oppression and squalour).
A previous study covered 2005-2007, and Malaysia actually performed worse since that study as its index score dropped by 0.366. Among all the countries ranked by improvements and declines since 2005-2007, Malaysia came out 106th.
In contrast, Singapore (+0.158) Thailand (+0.612) and Indonesia (+0.380) all showed improvements in their index score since 2005-2007.
The full report can be found here.