According to the World Happiness Report that was released on Monday by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Finland is now ranked as the happiest country in the world for the sixth time in a row.
The report was compiled over the course of three years from more than 150 countries and based on responses to international survey questions about people’s perceptions of their lives.
Six factors are used to evaluate happiness in these life evaluations: a country’s level of corruption and its level of financial resources, health, and social support are all reflected in its gross domestic product per capita. According to the report, they “play strong roles in supporting life evaluations.”
According to the report, governments may now be able to measure happiness to improve residents’ well-being and boost their happiness levels.
Happiest and unhappiest countries
According to the report, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand are the happiest countries in the world.
The United States of America came in at No. 15. Canada (No. 13), the United Kingdom (No. 19), and Australia (No. 12) is also ideally situated for happiness.
Regarding Finland’s ranking, a contributing author, John Helliwell, stated, “Is it, are they doing things that we wish we’d seen before and we can start doing? Or is it something unique about their climate and history that makes them different? And fortunately, at least from my perspective, the answer is the former.”
Iraq, Ghana, Pakistan, and Niger came in last place in the report, with Lebanon and Afghanistan coming in last place overall.
The report found that benevolence levels worldwide increased in 2020 and 2021.
“Benevolence to others, especially the helping of strangers, which went up dramatically in 2021, stayed high in 2022,” Helliwell stated.
“Positive social environments were far more prevalent than loneliness” and “that gains from increases in positive social connections exceed the well-being costs of additional loneliness, even during COVID-19” are the findings of the data collected in 2022.
Following the pandemic, social connections significantly increased. “Positive social connections and support in 2022 were twice as prevalent as loneliness in seven key countries spanning six global regions,” according to the report.
International Day of Happiness
According to the United Nations, March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.
According to the United Nations website, this day was established in 2013 by the General Assembly of the United Nations to celebrate the happiness and acknowledge its significance in current public policy goals.
“The need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the well-being of all peoples” was also acknowledged by the assembly.