Find out “The World’s Happiest Place”
The World Happiness Report premiered by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20, the date which the United Nations has declared to be the International Day of Happiness with the World’s Happiest Place.
The report ranks countries on six important factors that encourage well-being: income, freedom, confidence, healthy life expectancy, social aid and generosity.
“The top 10 countries tend to rank high in all six variables, as well as emotional measures of well-being,” says record co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia.
And that is not only about the native-born inhabitants of these nations.
“Last year all Finns were indeed happier than rest of the countries’ inhabitants, but their offences were happiest immigrants on earth,” says Helliwell. It is how life is lived in these nations.” “That’s the type of place people want to call home.”
But the response of New Zealand’s people to the attacks does.
New Zealand came in eighth place this year, as it did last year.
“What stands out about the speediest and most well-associated societies is the resilience and capability to take care of awful things,” says Helliwell. “After the 2011 earthquake and the terrorist assault in Christchurch — together with large social capital, where individuals are linked — individuals rally and assist each other and (following the earthquake) reconstruct immediately.”
The US rank is dropping
The most popular US national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a happy place for many visitors.
The United States came in 19th place, dropping one spot since last year and a total of five spots since 2017.
Except for its 10th place ranking for income, the US doesn’t rank in the top 10 on measures that make up a happy country in the UN report. They include 12th place for generosity, 37th place for social support, 61st place for freedom and 42nd place for corruption.
Addiction is partly to blame, says report co-author Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, who wrote a chapter focused on the US epidemic of addictions and unhappiness in America, a rich country where happiness has been declining.
This year’s report provides sobering evidence of how addictions are causing considerable unhappiness and depression in the US,” says Sachs, in a media release. “Addictions come in many forms, from substance abuse to gambling to digital media. The compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviours is causing severe unhappiness.”
Social relations are weakening in the US as societal networking use is increasing anxiety, particularly among teenagers, states Helliwell.
Superpowers aren’t super happy
The United Kingdom climbed three places to 15th place this season.
No additional super forces made it to the top 10 ranks, either. The United Kingdom came in 15th place up from 18th place, while Germany arrived in 17th place down from 15th. Japan came in 58th place (down from 54th), Russia arrived in 68th place (down from 59th), and China arrived in 93rd place (down from 86th).
People in South Sudan would be the most miserable with their own lives, according to the poll of 156 states, followed closely by Central African Republic (155), Afghanistan (154), Tanzania (153) and Rwanda (152).
Bolstered by population expansion, overall planet happiness has dropped over the last couple of decades, which has mostly been fueled with a sustained fall in India, which arrived in 140th place this season (versus 133rd area in 2018). There’s also been a rise of negative feelings, that have also been quantified and comprise stress, anger and despair.
It started with Bhutan
The prime minister of miniature Bhutan is credited with launching World Happiness Day.
The prime minister of this tiny nation of Bhutan suggested a World Happiness Day into the United Nations in 2011, which attracted international attention to pleasure as a metric. Bhutan arrived in 95th place (two spots from last year) in this year’s accounts.
In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly announced March 20 as World Happiness Day, recognising “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”
This record is the seventh to emerge because of 2012. The positions of the planet’s funniest states came out of an analysis of data from polls in 156 countries, such as the Gallup World Poll beginning in 2005-2006.
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