Response for Alzidi99 -- the Sultanate of Oman is yet to covered by the <a href=http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/>World Values Survey</a>, which measures happiness among other things such as tolerance. In the West Asia region, the countries covered by the surveys to date are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel and Jordan.
DEFINITION: This statistic is compiled from responses to the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?". The "Happiness (net)" statistic was obtained via the following formula: the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "quite happy" or "very happy" minus the percentage of people who rated themselves as either "not very happy" or "not at all happy".
Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Happiness net
- Netherlands ranked first for happiness net amongst European Union in 2005.
- Iceland ranked first for happiness net amongst Europe in 2005.
- Italy ranked last for happiness net amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2005.
- Venezuela ranked first for happiness net amongst Emerging markets in 2005.
- China ranked last for happiness net amongst Non-religious countries in 2005.
- Poland ranked first for happiness net amongst Eastern Europe in 2005.
- Sweden ranked second for happiness net amongst Cold countries in 2005.
- All of the top 2 countries by happiness net are Heavily indebted.
- Australia ranked #5 for happiness net amongst High income OECD countries in 2005.
- Denmark ranked third for happiness net amongst NATO countries in 2005.
Therefore, to say that someone becomes happier of not believing is not true, however, the chance that someone who doesn't believe is happier can be percieved as true.
Because your prejudiced "hunch" is more reliable than the statistics reported... of course the US one is the only "fake" one, how convenient.