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The U.S. ranks higher in the world happiness report when it comes to people aged 60 and older. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. drops in new global happiness ranking. One age group bucks the trend

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The new documentary Agent of Happiness follows Bhutanese bureaucrats who survey people about their state of mind. From left: director Dorottya Zurbó, happiness agents Amber Kumar Gurung and Guna Raj Kuikel, and director Arun Bhattarai. DDA hide caption

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A woman skates in Helsinki, on a sunny but frosty Boxing Day on Dec. 26, with temperatures around 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A fan waves the Finnish flag during the Nordic World Ski Championships last year. Finland is No. 1 on the annual World Happiness Report, released Wednesday. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images hide caption

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The environment is central to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness. The Index measures a myriad of issue including attitudes on conservation, pollution and waste. Preserving 60% of Bhutan's forests is enshrined in the constitution to maintain the country ecological diversity. Julie McCarthy for NPR hide caption

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