It seems Indians aren’t too happy as a people – or so found the United Nations in its 2018 World Happiness Report. India ranked 133 out of 156 countries. That is an 11-places drop from last year, and 15 spots behind the year before. India ranks below all developed countries in the world on the happiness index and finds itself in the bottom two of SAARC nations as well.
India even lags behind less developed nations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka in the global happiness index.
The Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The overall rankings of country happiness are based on the pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017, and show both change and stability. There is a new top ranking country,
The ten happiest countries in the overall rankings also all ten of the top eleven spots in the ranking of immigrant happiness. Finland is at the top of both rankings in this report, with the happiest immigrants, and the happiest population in general.
Among the eight Saarc nations, Pakistan was at 75th position, up five spots from last year. Nepal stood at 101, Bhutan at 97, Bangladesh at 115 while Sri Lanka was at 116. India’s other testy neighbor, China, was also far ahead at the 86th spot. India was ranked 122 last year but this year, slipped even further.
The United Nation Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) 2018 WH Report ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
The Report ends on a different tack, with a focus on three emerging health problems that threaten happiness: obesity, the opioid crisis, and depression. Although set in a global context, most of the evidence and discussion are focused on the United States, where the prevalence of all three problems has been growing faster and further than in most other countries.
You can read the full report here.