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There’s been much discussion here of late about happiness and the disconnect between contentment and imminent doom, the latter with particular reference to Claire’s and my neighborhood. Well, it turns out that either things really are swell in Israel or we are truly masters of denial. Gallup conducted a study of the happiness levels of 155 countries that surveyed thousands of respondents over four years. The results are in: Israel tied Canada, Switzerland and Australia as the eighth happiest country on earth.