Dukhi India drops to 122 on World Happiness Index

Its European neighbours Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland are placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Rattled by a slow economic recovery and deeply partisan political landscape, the United States dropped down one spot from past year to the 14th happiest in the world. "They also include countries afflicted by internal and external conflicts or still trying to recover from past economic, political and civil disruptions".

As you might expect, war-torn nations and economically challenged sub-Saharan African countries scored lowest, with the bottom scoring countries being the Central African Republic, Burundi, Tanzania, Syria, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, South Sudan, and Yemen. Ukraine also appears among them, emerging as the odd one out - something that can be easily explained by their ongoing conflict with Russian Federation due to the occupation of Crimea. The United Nations has a list of 17 ways to make happiness in our world today.

The 155 countries in the World Happiness Report, produced since 2012 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, are also assessed on satisfaction with things like employment, income inequality, life expectancy, GDP per capita, lack of corruption in government and business, and social support.

In fact, Pakistan and Bangladesh, not to speak of China, ranked far above India in the Happiness Index.

The report was released Monday, the United Nations -designated World Happiness Day.

We've got a Minister of Happiness and a ruler who even penned a book about the topic, so it's no surprise that the UAE ranks highly when it comes to the contentment of its residents.

This was revealed in a report dubbed "World Happiness Report 2017". He said that Norway is a very community-oriented country where people look out for each other, but the sense of community in the United States is "deteriorating". The U.S. -the wealthiest country in the world and, by many metrics, the most powerful-was ranked lower than past year, even as its citizens get richer. The first report was in support of the UN High Level meeting on happiness and well-being.

The rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. Sachs claims that the USA was facing a social crisis not an economic one.

The report has been edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, who believe that happiness is increasingly considered the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.

  • Leroy Wright