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Six Factors Explained


World Happiness Report rankings explained. Income, health, having someone to count on, having a sense of freedom to make key life decisions, generosity, and the absence of corruption all play strong roles in supporting life evaluations.

Life evaluations from the Gallup World Poll provide the basis for the annual happiness rankings. They are based on answers to the main life evaluation question. The Cantril ladder asks respondents to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10 and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale. The rankings are from nationally representative samples over three years.

This promotion was an accompaniment to the 2023 World Happiness Report. The illustrations (Lisa Dröes) bring these factors to colorful life and make us a little happier.

Happiness Video


Part of our continued work with the World Happiness Report, an explainer video contextualizing the ranking scores.

Animated by Econ Films

2019 COTW Report


Stislow Design helps TReNDS launch the 2019 Counting on the World to Act Report.

The importance of their research and data

Eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring quality education, instituting affordable and clean energy, and more — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a broad, ambitious vision for our world. But there is one common denominator that cuts across this agenda: data. Without timely, relevant, and disaggregated data, policymakers and their development partners will be unprepared to turn their promises into reality for communities worldwide. With only eleven years left to meet the goals, it is imperative that we focus on building robust, inclusive, and relevant national data systems to support the curation and promotion of better data for sustainable development. In Counting on the World to Act, TReNDS details an action plan for governments and their development partners that will enable them to help deliver the SDGs globally by 2030. Our recommendations specifically aim to empower government actors — whether they be national statisticians, chief data scientists, chief data officers, ministers of planning, or others concerned with evidence in support of sustainable development — to advocate for, build, and lead a new data ecosystem.

World Happiness Report 2020


Stislow Design helps launch the 2020 World Happiness Report with the inspiring team at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The branding system continues use of a bright color system that gradate from year to year developed first developed in 2018. The World Happiness Report and related Global Happiness and Well-being Policy Report are printed worldwide and translated into several languages.

You can see the full report at the World Happiness Report website

World Happiness Report 2019


The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes.

A branding system of bright colors that gradate from year to year developed in 2018 with wonderful team at SDSN. The World Happiness Report and related Global Happiness and Well-being Policy Report are printed worldwide and translated into several languages. The website is beautifully built by the SDSN team.