UN Report: Pakistanis Continue to be Happier than Indians

ROME: According to the findings of UN sanctioned report that was released on Wednesday, Pakistanis are happier than the Indians once again.

Out of 157 countries that were assessed, Pakistan came in at 92, while India was placed at 118. Both the countries slipped as the last year’s rankings had Pakistan at 81 & India at 117.

Aiming to “survey the scientific underpinnings of measuring and understanding subjective well-being,” the report, now in its 4th edition, ranks countries by the happiness levels using the factors such as:

GDP per the capita, healthy years of the life expectancy, social support, trust, perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity.

Differences in the incomes, social support, & healthy life expectancy are the 3 most significant factors.

This time however, Denmark surpassed Switzerland as the world’s happiest place.

The report that was prepared by SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) & the Earth Institute at Columbia University, urged the nations regardless of the wealth to protect the environment and tackle inequality.

It presented that Afghanistan, Syria, & the 8 sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth.

The top 10 this year were Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden & Australia

The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Liberia, Tanzania, Guinea, Benin, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Togo, Burundi & Syria.

The US came in at 13, the UK at 23, France at 32, & Italy at 50.

“There’s a very strong message for my country, the US, that is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier,” said Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, who is the head of the SDSN & special advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

While differences between the countries where people are happy & those where they aren’t could be scientifically measured, “we can understand why & do something about it,” Sachs, who is one of the report’s authors, told the Reuters in an interview in Rome.

“The message for the US is clear. For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating,” he added.

“When the countries single-mindedly pursue individual objectives, such as economic development to the neglect of social & environmental objectives, the results can be highly adverse for human wellbeing, even dangerous for survival,” the report had said

“Many countries in the recent years have achieved economic growth at the cost of sharply rising inequality, entrenched social exclusion, & grave damage to the natural environment.”