Of course, that's not really a true picture. On happiness surveys, India usually falls somewhere in the middle, similar to, say, Portugal. Liberia, with its recent civil war, is a poor place to go around people how happy they are, so it is unsurveyed.
Anyway, all this is to introduce you to a pretty interesting project ("Perspectives of Poverty") that takes "poverty" photographs of poor, rural people in exotic places and then asks those people to pose as their normal selves. On the left, for example, is a maize farmer from Malawi as he would appear in a typical poverty shot, while on the right is how he sees himself.