Israeli teens are the third happiest group of adolescents in the world, according to the findings of the Happiness Index, the results of which will be released later this month by the World Health Organization.
Israel tied for third place with Holland, Iceland and Spain, being outranked only by Armenian and Macedonian kids.
The study showed that 51% of Israeli girls reported being happy, compared to 47% of boys. Israeli Arabs were even happier than their Jewish counterparts, with 55% of girls and 47% of boys saying they are happy.
Ironically, Israeli teens also ranked as the fifth angriest group of adolescents in the world, ranking behind Turkey, Greece, Romania, and Armenia.
Countries with the lowest happiness rankings are Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, and Canada.
The WHO research was compiled over four years and across 34 countries.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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