Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happiness Index

"The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, and the third in 2015. The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released today in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th. Leading experts across fields – economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more – describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The reports review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. They reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy."

In this survey, India ranks 118. A disappointing finding for a nation that claims to be philosophical. The report says,"Since life would be very unpleasant in a country with the world’s lowest incomes, 
lowest life expectancy, lowest generosity, most corruption, least freedom and least social support, it is referred to as “Dystopia,” in contrast to Utopia." Obviously, India lies much nearer to Dystopia than to Utopia. If we leave it to our politicians, the day is not far off when we will be Dystopia itself.

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