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Published 23 March 2015

Paraguay, Colombia and Ecuador scored the highest, while 10 Latin American countries top the list for the first time in 10 years.

The top 10 happiest countries in the world to live in are in Latin America, according to a survey recently conducted by Gallup.

Paraguay, Colombia and Ecuador, in that order, are the top three happiest countries to live in, according to the Gallup poll respondents.

Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Venezuela are in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, repectively, according to the survey.

Gallup said that for the first time in 10 years, the top 10 happiest countries to live in are all from Latin American, based on its Positive Experience Index.

The survey was carried out in 143 countries, where 1,000 adults were asked five questions, such as did you feel well rested yesterday? Also, did you smile, were you treated well, and did you learn anything new. The poll has a margin of error of 1 percent, Gallup said.

"There is much to be learned from Latin America on this International Day of Happiness, because while they aren't the wealthiest people in the world, they are certainly among the happiest," Gallup officials said, according to Live Science.

The scores are on a 0 to 100 scale. Paraguay scored 89 and Venezuela 82. Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua came in eighth, ninth and tenth place with 81.

The 10 least happiest countries are, according to the survey, Afghanistan, Nepal, Lithuania, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Serbia, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Sudan, which scored the least, 47.

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