Happiness Index: Bhutan 97th, 2nd in South Asia

Happiness Index: Bhutan 97th, 2nd in South Asia

SAM Staff,

Bhutan are happier than Indians, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans, according to World Happiness Report 2017 released yesterday (20 March) coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness.

Bhutan ranked 97th among 155 countries surveyed for the report while Sri Lanka and India came in at 120 and 122. Pakistan ranked 80th, Nepal 99th and Bangladesh 110th.

Norway is the happiest place on earth, says the report prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012.

Bhutan measures its growth through the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, instead of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) index. The concept was introduced in the 1970s to provide a balance between material and mental well-being. It further implies that sustainable development should take a “holistic approach” towards progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects

Norway was ranked as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranked 155 countries by their happiness levels. Norway jumped three spots from last year, displacing Denmark, which had held the top spot for three out of the past four years.

“People tend to spend the majority of their lives working, so it is important to understand the role that employment and unemployment play in shaping happiness,” said Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve of the University of Oxford.

He said research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors.

The report also highlights the personal factors affecting happiness, saying “in rich countries the biggest single cause of misery is mental illness.”