Surveys of national happiness routinely place European countries such as Norway, Sweden and Switzerland as well as New Zealand, Australia and Canada at the head of the global well-being stakes. Despite the financial crisis that has been plaguing Europe in recent years, the continent remains the happiest region in the world. The latest World Happiness Report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as well as the 2001 Legatum Prosperity Index rank Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia as the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Leaders in the dissatisfaction stakes include Togo, Afghanistan, Syria, Haiti, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia among other third-world countries. The surveys run through a model that demonstrates the importance of factors such as social capital and health, effective governance, personal freedom, opportunity, safety and security, economy and education. Yet, these studies also provide an alternative to purely economic measures of national performance such as GDP, in the sense that the top countries on the list are not necessarily the wealthiest ones. Surveys examining exclusively the happiest and unhappiest states in Europe expose Northern European countries as significantly happier than Latin European countries, with the unstable economies of Mediterranean nations Greece, Cyprus and Portugal suspected to have caused an overly negative effect on the well-being of their populations. Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania are also reported as three of the saddest countries in Europe. But as happiness is also largely dependent on individual attitude, we cannot deem economy as the only or most prominent factor that threatens the formula for contentedness. Despite financial instability in recent years, the GDP figures for these countries do not justify the large amounts of dissatisfaction. In turn, it seems that citizens of these countries ignore their freedom to choose the manner in which they can approach any given situation. Ingrida Geciene of Vilnius University, Lithuania, researched the happiness of people in 31 European countries and found that ‘voluntarists’ (people who feel they have free choice and complete control over their life) were happier than ‘fatalists’ (people who think little in life can depend on personal freedom or intervention). According to data from her survey, voluntarists admit that they are happy much more frequently than fatalists. Indeed, Latin European countries have a dramatically higher percentage of fatalists than Nordic countries. According to the WIN-Gallup International Religion and Atheism Index Macedonia (90% religious) Italy (87.6), Malta (98% religious) and Greece (95% religious) top the list of Europe’s most religious nations. It is also interesting to note that several studies have found three of the happiest countries in the world- New Zealand (38.55% non-religious), Sweden (76% non-religious), Netherlands (66% non-religious)- to be three of the most secular countries too. Countries with the highest average self-reported happiness are the least religious, while the most religious states are the least happy.Both happiness and religiosity are undeniably affected by the highly developed character of countries such as Sweden and Denmark. Yet the high percentages of fatalism that religion has engraved in the minds of the populations of Latin European and Mediterranean countries bring us to the conclusion that it is, at least in countries where basic human needs are fulfilled, highly a matter of attitude.