The World Happiness Report 2015 has been published, calculating not only the happiest and unhappiest countries in the world, but also the happiness level of countries
The report is published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). It is edited by Professor John F. Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Lord Richard Layard, Director of the Well-Being Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance; and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director of the SDSN, and Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.worldhappiness.report
Why is happiness important? The report believes that happiness and well-being are likely to help the progress towards a nation's sustainable development.
Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation's economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy.
"This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well-being. It's not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust, and good health," Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
The report reveals that the happiest country in the world is Switzerland. They are followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.
Singapore follows closely behind at number 24.
On the flip side, sub-saharan Africa countries dominate the bottom 10, with Tajikistan taking the very last spot
Malaysia scored slightly below average, ranked at number 61
Neighbouring countries that are happier than Malaysia include:
- Singapore (24)
- Thailand (34)
- Taiwan (38)
- Japan (46)
- South Korea (47)
Malaysia scored better than these countries in the region:
- Hong Kong (72)
- Indonesia (74)
- China (84)
- Vietnam (75)
- Phillippines (90)
According to the report, people who live in the happiest countries have long life expectancies, lower perception of corruption, and freedom to make life choices
People who live in the happiest countries have longer life expectancies and more social support, experience more generosity, have more freedom to make life choices, have lower perceptions of corruption and have a higher gross domestic product per capita, the report shows.cnn.com