The top 10 countries' averages ranged from 7.632 for first-place Finland to 7.272 for 10th-place Australia; the United States' average was 6.886, down from 6.993 a year ago.
Interestingly, unlike past years, this year's report also evaluated 117 countries based on the happiness and well-being of their immigrants as well as the happiness of their own citizens.
The report also said migrating to another country provides for many people a major opportunity to obtain a happier life, especially to countries that accept them.
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The majority of its immigrants come from other European nations but it also has expats from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia. And again, Finland - home to around 300,000 foreigners - came out on top.
The order of the top 10 nations changed from the 2017 list but the countries did not, according to the report.
The World Happiness Report, released Wednesday, crowned Finland the happiest place to live out of 156 countries. In fact, the study found that highly ranked countries in overall happiness had similarly happy immigrant populations. He said a society's happiness seems contagious.
Taiwan was ranked 33rd happiest country a year ago in the same report.
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"In Finland, paying some of the highest taxes in the world - for which there is wide public support for - is seen as an investments in quality of life for all". It is based on Gallup International surveys conducted from 2015 to 2017, in which thousands of respondents were asked to imagine a ladder with steps numbered 0 to 10 and to say which step they felt they stood on, a ranking known as the Cantril Scale.
Dr. Sachs noted that the happiest countries have very different political philosophies from the United States'. S.: "more inequality, less trust, less confidence in government", the head of the SDSN, Prof. Factors that go into the happiness report include life expectancy, equality, and social support.
The report also analyzes areas that pose a unsafe threat to quality of life, focusing specifically on three health problems within its penultimate chapters: obesity, the opioid crisis and depression, all problems that are especially acute within the USA, which tumbled four spots to the 18th place on 2018's list.
According to Prof. John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia in Canada, said "The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born".
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