When it come to happiness, Indians consider good financial conditions and physical well-being among the top-most reasons to remain joyous, a new survey said, adding that India ranked ninth on happiness index among 28 global markets. Personal safety and security, friends and feeling in control of life were other top determinants for Indians to stay happy, said the "Global Happiness Survey" from market research firm Ipsos.
- For Indians, it boils down to comfortable living conditions, robust health, good financial conditions, friends and social circle and to have purpose in life.
- Hobbies and interests are important too, said Parijat Chakraborty, Country Service Line Leader, Public Affairs and Corporate Reputation, Ipsos India.
- Markets with the highest prevalence of happiness are largely the developed nations, known for their citizen centricity.
- Australia and Canada tied at the top spot (at 86 per cent) and emerged as the happiest nations of the world, followed by China (83 per cent), Great Britain (82 per cent), France (80 per cent), the US (79 per cent), Saudi Arabia and Germany at (78 per cent), and India at ninth spot with 77 per cent.
- Argentina (34 per cent), Spain (46 per cent) and Russia (47 per cent) emerged at the bottom of the heap, among the 28 markets.
- Notably, happiness levels receded in 2019. For India, there has been a six per cent drop (from 83 per cent in 2018 to 77 per cent in 2019).
- The world happiness report for 2019 has put Finland on the top spot on the most happiest country for the second consecutive year.
- According to reports, Finland is the happiest country amongst 156 nations surveyed by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
- India has dropped down seven spots in the happiness rankings as compared to its 2018 ranking. The report saying with the increase in population, the overall happiness has dropped worldwide.
- In 2018, India was placed on 133 position, but this year its ranking went down to 140. In 2015, India was on 117 spot, in 2016 it was ranked on 118 spot. The position went up to 122 in 2017, according to reports.
- Various factors that determine the happiness levels of a country include life expectancy, social support, income, freedom, trust, health and generosity, amongst others.
- The immediate neighbours of India including Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are way ahead in the happiness rankings. In this report, Pakistan stands at 67th rank, China at 93, Bhutan at 95, Nepal at 100, Bangladesh at 125 and Sri Lanka at 130, leaving India way behind.
- The World Happiness Report 2019 has disclosed the list of happiest and unhappiest countries worldwide. Finland, for the second consecutive year, has topped this list. It is followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.