They say happiness is found even in little things. At times, we find ourselves in a melancholic state just because we think about our past failures or sometimes we draw parallels between ourselves and others thinking that they are superior to us.
According to a World Happiness Report released Wednesday, Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018. India ranks 140th in happiness, a position which really goes to show how far we are lagging behind the first-placed Finland, which has retained its top rank for the second year in a row.
The UN report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20, declared as ‘World Happiness Day’ by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The report rates countries on 6 key variables like income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
As per the report, the overall world happiness saw a potential decline over the past few years, especially India, which came in 140th place this year as compared to its previous better rank- 133rd place in 2018.
The UN’s seventh annual World Happiness Report, which ranks 156 countries on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”, also added that there has been an increase in negative emotions like worry, sadness and anger.
The fact that Finland tops the list as the happiest country in the world for the consecutive time makes the country a class apart. Denmark, Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands follow next on the list.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, it is ranked 67th while Bangladesh ranks 125th, China is placed at 93rd and the United States ranks at 19th place according to the report.