What makes you happy? The parameters are indefinite and different for every individual. How do we define if the country as a whole is happy or not? Through the Happiness Index list, which is compiled by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network. The list comes out on the World Happiness Day i.e., March 20th.
Happiness is considered as a measure of social progress. What makes people in the country happy, and what disturbs them? Their concerns are then taken into consideration to guide the public policies. GNP (Gross National Happiness) is considered rather than relying only on GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Experts from various fields like economics, psychology, survey analysis came together to figure out how measurements of well being can be used appropriately to evaluate the progress of nations.
GDP and GNP are related to the growth of a country is only possible when the citizens living there are satisfied with their life and can help promote productivity.
Happiness in the countries are measured on the following basis:-
- Sustainable development
- Preservation and promotion of cultural values
- Conservation of the natural environment
- Establishment of good governance
- The scoring is from 0 to 10 and the variables include
- Real GDP
- Social Support
- Healthy life expectancy
- Freedom to make life choices
- Perception of corruption
What is to be noticed in this list is that the happiest nations are the developed nations and most Scandinavian countries. Despite the challenging weather, these countries stand at the top in the list of happy people.
Norway has a generous safety net with good governance, honest and healthy people. The citizens are caring and generous. Though the weather in Norway is cold and chilly, people here believe in an equal society.
With ample social support and access to higher education, people’s basic needs are comfortably met. It is one of the wealthiest countries because of natural sources of oil. The Norwegians are trusting and simple.
The per capita income in Denmark is $61000/year with strong unions working for the worker’s right. The minimum wage is $20 per hour. Due to a high degree of social support, where you can turn to your family and friends any time you want makes Denmark the No.2 on the World Happiness Index.
Danish know how to strike the right balance between social life and professional one. For Danes, both their social and personal life is more important. Happy people work harder.
They are happy to be able to make their own choices, and society does not judge. They donate generously. What amazes me is that people here are genuinely happy and the quality of life speaks for itself with a life expectancy of 80 years on average.
Despite its cold climate and desolate environment, Iceland stands at number 3, in the list of countries with the highest happiness in the world. It is famous for its pools. Amidst the harsh weather are these hot pools where people gather to enjoy and laugh.
These pools are called Blue Lagoons. Energy is harnessed from the volcanic activities and converted to the geothermal heating system. The communal pool covered with snow all around is such a pleasing sight.
Noteworthy is the fact that high stress is laid on the health and wellness not only physical but mental and economic health too.
The neutral country is a hub of chocolates and clocks. People here are genuinely happy as they mind their own business. The country is well known as a tourist destination with its snow-covered Alps with beautiful landscapes.
In the year 2016, Switzerland ranked second, followed by Denmark being the happiest country in the world.
Canada is not as happy as it used to be. Though the current government is trying hard to revive its status, the image looks good. People earn handsomely and live comfortably.
So here were the top 5 countries on the World Happiness Index. No doubt that Happiness comes from within. But your surrounding matters a lot, and when you find yourself secure in your environment with no immediate threats, you ultimately turn to be happier. You tend to work better and thus contribute to the growth of the country.
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