The World’s Happiest Country is…
Washington: How do you measure happiness? It’s hard. It could be a combination of multiple factors, such as health, mental peace, and freedom at work, wealth, and so on.
Happiness of a person could be subjective, but the factors could help us determine how happy a person is to a large extent. Using these factors and many more indicators of happiness, a landmark survey has been generating reports on global happiness since 2012.
And according to its World Happiness 2017 Report, which was launched on March 20, the World Happiness Day, Norway stood at the top of the global happiness rankings, followed by Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland.
India ranked 122, and the United States dropped to 14th position from 4th rank. China ranked 79.
Norway achieves and maintains its high happiness not because of its oil wealth, but in spite of it, by choosing to produce its oil slowly and investing the proceeds for the future, the report stated.
To do this successfully requires high levels of mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance, the report stated. All these qualities put Norway on the top, as per the report.
Some of the indicators that the survey used were social support, life expectancy, and freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.
Happiness is considered to be a proper measure of social progress and the goal and public policy, the report stated.