The World Happiness Report 2019 released recently. The reports take into consideration the scale of global happiness and accordingly ranks 156 countries. Sadly, India is nowhere even in the first 100 with its neighboring countries outranking it in the list.
Finland Tops The List, India Ranked 140
The survey ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world with a score of 7.769 out of 10 followed by Denmark and Norway. Sadly, India is ranked 140 with 4.015 points. Last year, the survey ranked India 133 whereas in 2017 it was 122. The report reveals that India is getting sadder year by year which is definitely a cause of great concern.
In this segment, Pakistan is really way ahead of India scoring 5.653 holding 67th position. Highly developed countries like the UK and the United States hold 15th and 19th position respectively whereas countries like Haiti, Botswana, and Syria are among the last three. The survey focuses on the happiness and the community and the changes that technologies, conflicts, government policies, and social norms bring in the evolution of happiness.
Now, the major worry is why are Indians getting sadder despite an increase in the number of facilities and amenities. From education, technology to government policies and economy, things are looking up for the Indians. However, something is certainly amiss that is making more Indians sad. With the number of suicides, violent and aggressive attacks on the rise, the declining happiness quotient can become a great cause of concern in the days to come.
Happiness Scale Derived From Personal Freedom & Social Security Factors
The CEO of Happiness Research Institute that conducts this survey, Meik Wiking revealed that they derive the happiness scale from a conjunction of both social security and personal freedom. It somehow compensates for having to pay ‘some of the highest taxes in the world’. This is the 7th World Happiness Report released by the Copenhagen-based institute.
The institute released its first Happiness Report in April 2012 to support a UN High-Level meeting based on “Wellbeing and Happiness.”