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Friday, 13 September 2013

UN report shows Indians are less happy than Pakistanis, Bangladeshis

UN report shows Indians are less happy than Pakistanis, Bangladeshis

India is less happy than both Pakistan (at 81) and Bangladesh (108). South Asia has by and large shown a greater dip in the happiness quotient.
Indians rank 111th in the UN's just published Happiness Report, registering the declining quality of life in India. The US (at 17th position), for instance is less happy than Mexico, while India is less happy than both Pakistan (at 81) and Bangladesh (108). South Asia has by and large shown a greater dip in the happiness quotient. Between 2005-07 and 2010-12 Indians showed a decrease in happiness.

According to the UN report, all the happiness is somehow concentrated in northern Europe where Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway corner the top five spots. People living in Benin and Togo are the least happy in the world.

The happiness report ranks nations on metrics of well-being and on the basis of six key factors like GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.

"The positive contributions from continuing economic growth and greater generosity were more than offset by the effects of declining social support, and of less perceived freedom to make life choices. Inequality in the distribution of happiness also grew significantly within South Asia," the report observed.

The authors of the report say respondents made a clear distinction between "happiness as an emotion and happiness in the sense of life satisfaction.... A very poor person might report himself to be happy emotionally at a specific time, while also reporting a much lower sense of happiness with life as a whole."

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