Gallup's Thriving, Struggling, and Suffering indexes measure respondents’ perceptions of where they stand now and in the future.
See explanation in the Notes below the table.
Gallup Global Wellbeing Index by country 2010
Countries ranked by % thriving
*Limited urban samples only.
Gallup’s global wellbeing metrics are the first comprehensive measure of the behavioral economics of gross national
wellbeing, which lays the foundation for all other measures of a country’s economic strength. With ongoing research
projects in more than 150 countries, Gallup is a leader in the collection and analysis of global data and measurements.
Gallup asks ordinary individuals for their thoughts and opinions on several topics, including economics, religion,
migration, and wellbeing. Gallup’s data provide sound evidence on many issues that more than 98% of the world’s adult
The table shows life evaluation estimates of the percentage “thriving,” “struggling,” and “suffering” in countries and regions
across the world. Gallup’s Thriving, Struggling, and Suffering indexes measure respondents’ perceptions of where they
stand now and in the future. Based on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, Gallup measures life satisfaction by
asking respondents to rate their present and future lives on a “ladder” scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10, where “0”
indicates the worst possible life and “10” the best possible life. Individuals who rate their current lives a “7” or higher and
their future an “8” or higher are considered thriving. Individuals are suffering if they report their current and future lives as
a “4” or lower. All other individuals are considered struggling.
The table also includes daily wellbeing averages (0-10 scoring) based on responses to 10 items measuring daily experiences
(feeling well-rested, being treated with respect, smiling/laughter, learning/interest, enjoyment, physical pain, worry,
sadness, stress, and anger). Each daily experience is scored dichotomously with higher scores representing better days
(more positive and less negative daily experience or affect).