Happiness
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Happiness is a state of mind with deep satisfaction and contentment. It is rightly said,

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“we all are in a pursuit of happiness”

Recently, The World Happiness Report 2017 has been released by the United Nations that identified which pocket of the world is the happiest. Once again, Nordic and Western European countries rule the roost.

The Graph Shows the 20 Happiest Countries in the World

The Top 10 Countries in the Happiness Report are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

The war-struck and economically challenged nations of the Sub-Saharan African Regions scored lowest, with the bottom scoring countries being the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Can you guess where Pakistan stands on this list? It is on number 80.

Surprisingly, Pakistan has been listed as number 80 out of 155 on the list of the happiest countries in the world. Looks like our ‘Choti Choti Khushyan’ enabled us as a nation to be included in the list.

Pakistan has ranked well ahead of the other South Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The report also delves into different case-studies, including why Africa remains terminally unhappy, why China’s smiles are on the rise, and why America, despite its economic stability, is not among one of the top happy nations.

The happiness report suggests Nicaragua, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Moldova, Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Chile, and Uzbekistan’s levels have improved greatly.

The report took into consideration the basic factors for happiness such as:

  • GDP per capita
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Social support
  • Freedom
  • Generosity
  • Absence/Perception of corruption

The study also talks about America and the crisis it faces,

“America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis.”

 

What is your take on this report? Let us know in the comments below.