Living in a developed nation and having wealth may not make you happy. In the book, Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari, this is extensively discussed in the chapter titled, The Right to Happiness.

What living in a structured country does, is to give you peace, opportunities and disposable income (especially if you have access to credit and social welfare). Those things then remove the barriers to the pursuit of happiness. The help you focus on the things that are most important to you and that give you joy.

You probably already know what is critical to you. Maybe you have a list of the things you’d like to achieve in life. What you need, are the resources and enabling environment to execute. And that’s why political problems can have an outsized impact on personal aspirations.

So, your country can influence your happiness. But, if you haven’t yet figured out what you really want in life, then you will still be unhappy no matter where you live.

For more, please read Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

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