WHICH COUNTRY IS THE HAPPIEST IN THE WORLD?

WHICH COUNTRY IS THE HAPPIEST IN THE WORLD?

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WHICH COUNTRY IS THE HAPPIEST IN THE WORLD?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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TOP THIRTY FOUR OF THE DAY

TOP THIRTY FOUR HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD!

 The World Happiness Report is a publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It contains articles and rankings of national happiness, based on respondent ratings of their own lives, which the report also correlates with various (quality of) life factors. As of March 2021, Finland had been ranked the happiest country in the world four times in a row.

The report primarily uses data from the Gallup World Poll. Each annual report is available to the public to download on the World Happiness Report website. The Editors of the 2020 report are John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve. Associate Editors are Lara Aknin, Shun Wang, and Haifang Huang.

In July 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 65/309 Happiness: Towards a Holistic Definition of Development[7] inviting member countries to measure the happiness of their people and to use the data to help guide public policy. On April 2, 2012, this was followed by the first UN High Level Meeting called Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm,[8] which was chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley of Bhutan, a nation that adopted gross national happiness instead of gross domestic product as their main development indicator.[9]

The first World Happiness Report was released on April 1, 2012 as a foundational text for the UN High Level Meeting: Well-being and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm,[10] drawing international attention.[11] The first report outlined the state of world happiness, causes of happiness and misery, and policy implications highlighted by case studies. In 2013, the second World Happiness Report was issued, and in 2015 the third. Since 2016, it has been issued on an annual basis on the 20th of March, to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

Methods and philosophy

The rankings of national happiness are based on a Cantril ladder survey. Nationally representative samples of respondents are asked to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale. The report correlates the life evaluation results with various life factors.

The life factor variables used in the reports are reflective of determinants that explain national-level differences in life evaluations across research literature. However, certain variables, such as unemployment or inequality, are not considered as comparable data is not yet available across all countries. The variables used illustrate important correlations rather than causal estimates.

The use of subjective measurements of wellbeing is meant to be a bottom-up approach which emancipates respondents to evaluate their own wellbeing. In this context, the value of the Cantril Ladder is the fact that a respondent can self-anchor themselves based on their perspective.

In the reports, experts in fields including economics, psychology, survey analysis, and national statistics, describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations, and other topics. Each report is organized by chapters that delve deeper into issues relating to happiness, including mental illness, the objective benefits of happiness, the importance of ethics, policy implications, and links with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) approach to measuring subjective well-being and other international and national efforts.

World

Happiness

Ranking                 Countries               World Happiness Index

1                              Finland                                 7.842

2                              Denmark                               7.620

3                              Switzerland                           7.571

4                              Iceland                                   7.554

5                              Netherlands                          7.464

6                              Norway                                 7.392

7                              Sweden                                 7.363

8                              Luxembourg                         7.324

9                              New Zealand                        7.277

10                           Austria                                   7.268

11                           Australia                                7.183

12                           Israel                                      7.157

13                           Germany                               7.155

14                           Canada                                  7.103

15                           Ireland                                   7.085

16                           Costa Rica                            7.069

17                           United Kingdom                  7.064

18                           Czech Republic                    6.965

19                           United States                        6.951

20                           Belgium                                 6.834

21                           France                                    6.690

22                           Bahrain                                 6.647

23                           Malta                                     6.602

24                           Taiwan                                  6.584

25                           United Arab Emirates         6.561

26                           Saudi Arabia                        6.494

27                           Spain                                      6.491

28                           Italy                                       6.483

29                           Slovenia                                 6.461

30                           Guatemala                            6.435

31                           Uruguay                                 6.431

32                           Singapore                              6.377

33                           Slovakia                                 6.331

34                           Brazil                                     6.330

                               

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. – Santosh Kalwar

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…living in Finland although I am very happy living in the UK, I can’t see I’d be too happy living in Finland, not knowing the language and surrounded by foreigners.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get sick you are missing all the fun. – Flip Wolson

LOVE IS…

Love is…hugging one another in a selfie.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to live in Brazil…A time to live in Finland.

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