Happier people tend to be more social, but then, given the times of the recent pandemic, this has become almost an impossible task. With life going through so many changes where people are forced into solitary confinement, this can be quite unsettling. Moreover, with the stiff financial challenges that so many are facing, happiness is a subject that seriously needs to be talked about. There’s no denying the fact the global lockdown has taken a toll on mental health.

World Happiness Report 2021

Many have resorted to the likes of the internet, which offers a wealth of information and knowledge and can also help combat feelings of isolation and low mood, and also provides an insight into what governments and businesses can get up to. 

Instead of the pandemic, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the World Happiness Report 2021, just a day before the International Happiness Day. This year it emphasizes the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared.

World Happiness Report 2021:

The World Happiness Report is a basic report based on the research spread across 149 countries and ranks them according to how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. Especially during these tough times surrounding covid. The rankings were based on polling (Gallup World Poll) which looks at set six variables:

Healthy life expectancy at birth is an indicator of health conditions, which encompasses the impacts of mortality and morbidity.

Freedom to make life choices.- Though not much thought is given to the freedom that we have in our everyday lives, the Covid has made us focus on what we had and never valued. The freedom to make life choices freely is one of them. The freedom to make our own life choices is liberating and grants us a chance to be as close as we can to being the person that we want to become. This is a fundamental pillar in ensuring one’s wellbeing. 

Respondents are asked to rate their own current lives on a scale of 0-10.

Top Performers:

Worst Performers:

A look into the scale of India’s Neighbours:

India status:

Dominant reasons behind India gaining such a low rank of the happiness meter :

How to help the masses in the country to be happier : 

Some unorthodox ways of making India a happier country :


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