Suicide Rates Highest in Happiest Places
A new research study reveals this paradoxical news: suicide rates are highest in the happiest places. Surveys regularly find that countries like Sweden and Denmark score high on public levels of life satisfaction and happiness. But, these happy places also have high rates of suicide.
To find out more about this phenomenon, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the University of Warwick in Britain collected data from more than two million Americans to compare happiness scores with rates of suicide in various U.S. States.
The researchers found that states scoring high on life satisfaction also reported high suicide rates. This report will be published by The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
The researchers opine that unfortunate people affected by unemployment or low income may feel more distressed in the company of their more fortunate peers in happy societies. Such lop-sided comparison may increase the sad people’s depression and unhappiness, forcing them to commit suicide.