A study being released today shows the United States may be on top when it comes to acquiring wealth, but it doesn’t measure up as well when it comes to happiness and life span,MSNBC is reporting.
The study of well being, known as the Your Better Life Index, was conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which promotes economic and social satisfaction, according to MSNBC. The index looks at areas such as income, education, work-life balance and life satisfaction, the news organization reports.
Among the 34 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia included in the study, the United States ranks first in average household wealth, at $102,000, according to MSNBC. Switzerland is the only country that comes close to that, at $95,000, MSNBC reports.
When it comes to life satisfaction, the study shows that 76% of people in the USA report that they have more positive than negative experiences in a typical day, but many countries — including Denmark, Norway and Switzerland — reported higher scores, according to MSNBC.
The study measured the average life expectancy in the United States to be 79, lower than the organization’s average of 80, MSNBC reported.