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With all the civil wars raging in countries surrounding Israel, one would expect fear to increase in that country, but that is simply not so, according to a new survey recently released.
According to a new report released on Monday, based on research conducted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Israel is the 11th happiest country in the world, gaining three spots than in the report released last year. However, other countries in the region have seen a 11.7 percent drop in happiness, since the report was first published in 2005.
"The Israelis have always been perceived as an optimistic people," Effi Gil, medical psychology expert, said. "If you look at the polls published over the holiday weekend, it seems that most of the Israeli people are satisfied with life," he said.
"There is a greater sense of freedom, constant hope of improvement in the economy, and the feeling that compared to the countries around us, we are in a favorable position, therefore, there is a relatively high level of satisfaction by Israelis with their lives," Gil said.