Do you know that there is such thing as World Happiness Report? This is spearheaded by United Nations. United Nations openly invited member states to gauge the happiness of its people in July 2011. Gauging the happiness of the people will serve as the guide of the government to make their public policies. Now, this is interesting.
Yes, happiness is intangible and subjective. It cannot be measured because you cannot simply quantify it but if you look closer, the result or effect of being happy translates to better life, better working environment, etc. – this you can quantify. United Nations is banking on this idea. It brought many experts to help assess and measure the progress of nations through this World Happiness Report.
There are six factors that will determine the report. Some factors include GDP per capita, generosity, freedom from corruption and life expectancy. The report comprised of 150 countries that were surveyed by Gallup from 2010 to 2012. The result was released in 2013. The scale is from 0 to 10 and 10 being the highest. If you want to know who aced the 2013 World Happiness Report, you can refer here:
- Denmark: Denmark is at number one with happiness of 7.693.
- Norway: Norway is at number two with happiness of 7.655.
- Switzerland: Switzerland is at number three with happiness of 7.650.
- Netherlands: Netherlands is at number four with happiness of 7.512.
- Sweden: Sweden is at number five with happiness of 7.480.
- Canada: Canada is at number six with happiness of 7.477.
- Finland: Finland is at number seven with happiness of 7.389.
- Austria: Austria is at number eight with happiness of 7.369.
- Iceland: Iceland is at number nine with happiness of 7.355.
- Australia: Australia is at number ten with happiness of 7.350.
- Israel: Israel is at number eleven with happiness of 7.301.
- Costa Rica: Costa Rica is at number twelve with happiness of 7.257.
- New Zealand: New Zealand is at number thirteen with happiness of 7.221.
- United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates is at number fourteen with happiness of 7.144.
- Panama: Panama is at number fifteen with happiness of 7.143.
Do not fret because Singapore is in the list. Though it did not make to the top 10, it is still in a good spot. Singapore is at number 30 with happiness of 6.54. It is followed by Trinidad and Tobago, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Columbia, Thailand, Uruguay, Spain, Czech Republic, Suriname, etc.
If you want to know the full list of countries with their ranks and happiness, you should refer to the report itself.