Everyone wants to be happy but very few people know that happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being. It can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. However, happiness is the ultimate goal of every individual. Everyone seeks happiness no matter how rich or poor he or she is. Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs. In other words, happiness comes when you feel satisfied and fulfilled.
According to the latest World Happiness Report 2018, Finland is top of the world for happiness, closely followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Nordic countries bag four out of the five top spots and are well known to be stable, safe and socially progressive with very little corruption where the police and politicians are trusted.
While every nation wants happiness irrespective of richness and power, world’s powerful economy the USA slips down from top ten spots. The latest report place the USA on 18th spot, a sharp fall from 14th in the list of 156 countries.
Not just measuring economic success through GDP, the disparity between wealth and happiness has been instrumental for the policymakers to broaden their scope and look for other indicators to assess the health of nations. At the same time happiness or well-being is subjective and difficult to quantify.
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Meanwhile, world’s largest democracy India drops 11th place from last year and ranks 133 among 156 countries, says the report. The happiest index was surveyed by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network which measures county’s happiness level on the basis of six major factors including- GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support, generosity, freedom, and corruption. Currently, for the first time, the UN has also assessed the happiness levels of immigrants in 117 of those countries. List of top 10 happiest countries of the world are as follows:
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From the above list of top 10 happiest countries of the world, it is quite clear that happiness is not dependent on money or richness and that is why world’s top 10 economies like- USA, China, Japan and Germany except Canada are still struggling to jump up happiness index.
According to the data of IMF 2018, top 10 economies and their happiness ranking based on Happiness Index Report 2018, are as follows:
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Moving out of Unhappiness
For the first time, the World Happiness Index report assessed that how migration affects the level of happiness and also surveyed the happiness of immigrants in 117 countries. It indicates that immigrants happiness is also important for the country.
It was found that the happiness of a country’s immigrants is almost identical to that of the wider population. Generally, people adjust to the average happiness level of the country they move to.
In a way, it becomes clear that happiness is less about cultural norms and attitudes. It is more about the surroundings and the quality of life that a country can offer.
When a person moves from one country to another country who is higher up in the happiness list then the person is likely to become happier, while another person who moves to a country that is lower down in the list will feel unhappier.
And that is how Finland not only has the happiest people but also the happiest immigrants.
India in SAARC Nations
SAARC countries are also struggling for Happiness. Pakistan is the happiest country among the SAARC countries. Pakistan ranks 75th which is almost double of India’s happiness level. Here is the rank of SAARC countries.
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The present government claimed that India has a strong economy having hundred percent rural electrification, housing, transportation, and achieved immense success in swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and GST. Considering this huge success stories overcoming the menace of black money and corruption in the country, why are we placed at 133rd spot?