Research company Ipsos asked 19,000 adults in 24 countries how happy they are. Turns out they are pretty happy, even (especially?) people in poor countries.
Some 77% of respondents now describe themselves as happy, up three points on 2007, the last year before the crisis. Fully 22% (up from 20%) describe themselves as very happy—a more important measure, says Ipsos's John Wright, since whenever three-quarters of people agree on anything, "you need to pay attention to intensity in the results."