Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly, countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policymaking. Happiness is increasingly considered a proper measure of social progress and a goal of public policy. But what makes people happy? To make a  nation happy we must think about the factors which are viable for that particular country.

For preparing  World Happiness Report, researchers rank countries based on factors including healthy life expectancy, social support, GDP per capita, the happiness of a country’s children, social capital, the civil economy, the absence of corruption, and subjective well-being. The happiest countries are those that build stronger social ties, better-managed commons, and a strong sense of community.

The happiest countries in the world are Switzerland, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Newzealand and Australia. While studying all the reports available in World Happiness Report, I understood the factors for National happiness are many. Among that social security, housing, health, education and per capita income are important. A nation can feel proud if it can provide a house for everyone, easy health care for all and free education for its children. A nation can progress in a correct sense if and only if it has the educated citizens. Once the citizens are properly educated, they can take care of their environment, can share their knowledge in improving health care and creating job opportunities for others. Once the citizens have good money to run their kitchens and they get the healthcare whenever in crisis, they feel happy. Then one more factor is social connectivity. One needs friends to rely upon when needed. The social connectivity also enhances the civic sense. For example, while elections are conducted there must be at least ninety percent voter turnouts. If not, if it is only fifty to sixty percent, that means, citizens are not happy with the activities of politicians and they prefer not o vote for anyone. It also shows lack of civic sense where people show a callous attitude in selecting a government because they do not have a proper education.

Lucky are the citizens of the happiest nations. Hoping against the hope: Wish all the nations are upgraded in happiness index in 2018.

For more information and findings, see the World Happiness Report and the OECD Better Life Index.

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