SA makes list of happiest countries… according to Instagram

2014-03-24 15:15
Cape Town – In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, celebrated on 20 March, Jetpac has revealed the happiest countries and continents in the world, as measured by people’s smiles in Instagram photos.  

And guess what? South Africa actually made the top 20!

Making use of ‘geo-parsing’ technology, Jetpack City Guides analysed over 150 million Instagram photos from over 6 000 cities in order to see where the widest smiles can be found.

Well, as it turns out, 12 of the top 20 happiest places are found in South and Middle America, as well as the Caribbean, making South Africa’s 18th position especially remarkable.  

It even beat a few places generally considered pretty fun, including Ireland (31), the US (33) and Thailand (42) – the land of smiles, for goodness sake!  

Check out the full list of happiest countries here.

These findings are in connection with the release of Jetpac City Guides, a new iPhone app that curates Instagram's big data to help users find everything from the top bars with women wearing lipstick to coffee shops full of mustached men.  

The app, which recently launched, gives a new take on today’s digital city guides, utilizing big data imaging rather than user reviews. 

Happiness University

To add to our local happiness expertise, a new open university based in Cape Town will offer happiness training and programs to people around the world.  

Announced simultaneously in Washington DC and Cape Town on the UN International Day of Happiness, the goal is to bring rapidly developing knowledge in the science of happiness to people everywhere.

Happiness University is an initiative of the InHappiness Foundation that has already helped more than 50 000 people to build happier healthier lives.  

The Foundation is known for their work healing trauma in orphans and vulnerable children in Africa which has been presented at scientific conferences.  

Proceeds from the non-profit university will fund trauma-healing and future-building programs for the 3 million orphans in South Africa. 

The university will offer courses and programs to counter the worldwide crisis of unhappiness at work.  

A 2013 Gallup survey of 230,000 full-time and part-time workers in 142 countries showed that only one in eight consider themselves to be happy.  

"Most people spend more time at work than at home with their families," said Gee.  

We have new technology that can make work a happy experience, and science shows that this also increases productivity, performance and profit."

Check out the Happiness University website.

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