For the current year, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released its annual “World Happiness Report”. This report was collected and prepared slightly differently amid the coronavirus Pandemic. The report measures the subjective well-being by relying on three indicators namely, Life Evaluation, Positive Emotions and Negative Emotions. The World Happiness Report was presented ahead of “World Happiness day” which is observed on 20th March every year.

In order to measure the life evaluations, Gallup World Poll asked people to evaluate their current life using image of a ladder. The best possible life for them was evaluated as ten while the worst possible life as zero. The report highlights that, “life evaluations” provide the most informative measure to conduct the international comparisons because this indicator captures the quality of life in a complete and stable way.

Positive Emotions

They were captured in the report by asking the people whether they smiled or laughed the previous day. The positive response was coded as one while the negative response was coded as Zero. Following this, average response was calculated for each person in the range of Zero and one.

Negative Emotions

Lastly, thy were measured by asking the respondents whether they experienced any specific negative emotions on the same day.

Points To Note

  • Finland was again titled as the First and World’s happiest country because the overall rankings remained similar to the index of 2020.
  • The other countries that performed well are Denmark at 2nd, Iceland at 3rd, Switzerland 4th and Netherlands at 5th position.
  • USA was ranked at 19th position. Afghanistan was titled as the ‘Least Happy’ country in the world.
  • India was ranked at 139th position out of 149 countries in this rank.
  • In 2020, world happiness report India was ranked at 144th position out of 156 countries.
  • Ten countries who have been ranked behind India in 2021 report are
    • Burundi
    • Yemen
    • Tanzania
    • Haiti
    • Malawi
    • Lesotho
    • Botswana
    • Rwanda
    • Zimbabwe
    • Afghanistan.

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