The World Happiness Report 2018 is an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Developement Network which presents a ranking of countries in the decreasing order of happiness index.
“Be happy in this moment. This moment is all that you have with certainty.” A very happy World Happiness Day!
With the world moving forward rapidly in all fields, we are gaining tremendously in terms of ease of living due to the scientific advancements.
However, the geared up way of living that these have brought along have had their negatives. We are all aware of the rising degree of environmental and physical health issues, and their adverse effects on human mental health and happiness.
THE UN CARES!
The United Nations Organisation, the multi- faceted organisation that it is, has tried to take care of pretty much all the world’s concerns since it’s birth and this growing disenchantment has not gone avoided.
CALCULATION AND RANKING-WHAT IS THE BASIS?
The UN uses the data collected in the Gallup World Poll for analysing and ranking the countries. The parameters of assessment are access to food and the basic necessities of life, income, life expectancy, satisfaction with leadership performance, social support, corruption level
( So we shouldn’t be surprised India was ranked 133rd) freedom and general trust and generosity in the society.
These are analysed by social scientists, psychologists, survey analysts and other scientists and are to help the governments by becoming guiding principles for future policies.
July 2011 : The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 65/309 Happiness: Towards A Holistic Definition of Developement invited its member countries to measure the happiness of their people.
April,2012 : First high level UN meeting called Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm, chaired by UN Secretary General ,Ban Ki-moon and Jigme Thinley, the Prime Minister of Bhutan.
WHY WAS IT CHAIRED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF BHUTAN, SPECIFICALLY?
Because Bhutan knew what actually matters, people’s happiness.
Bhutan ushered in a new system of measuring prosperity in the country, by calculating Gross National Happiness. This system was introduced in 1971 and since then, it has taken away from Gross Domestic Product the kind of exclusivity in enjoys in measuring the development and prosperity of countries around the world.
It now emphasizes on the physical, spiritual, social and environmental well being of it’s citizens. Bhutan has since seen a steady improvement in the areas like life expectancy and school enrolment ratio.
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This move by the beautiful kingdom gathered appreciation in the international arena, and the much impressed UN took up the task of holistic development as a cause to be championed.
The first World Happiness Report was released on April 1, 2012. It has been released on an annual basis since then, 2014 being an exception.
• Finland is the happiest country in the world(as per the latest report released on March 14,2018), closely followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Netherlands, countries that barely make any headlines.
• The fact that a USA stands at the 18th rank is proof enough that economy is not the sole determinant in a society. Realities like dissatisfaction with the government, low life expectancy and rising inequality, are affecting people’s lives to a great extent.
• SAARC countries rank between 75th and 133rd.
•India ranks 133rd and let us not be bothered about Pakistan’s ranking (for a change). We are aware of the parameters of analysis and know where to improve. Let’s start working to improve ourselves, each one doing it’s bit from this very day! Can we?