Pakistanis are happy, but a little less than last year

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Pakistanis are happyPakistanis are happy indeed, Pakistan made it to the list of happy countries in the world and stood at 92nd place. World Happiness Report 2016 by the United Nations revealed that Pakistan is the happiest country in South Asia, only behind Bhutan that was at 48th place out of 157 countries’ list.

However Pakistan’s ranking dropped by 10 places from 81st in 2015 and although India’s ranking also dropped from 117 in 2015 to 118th in 2016, Pakistan still has been happier than India this year. Sri Lanka was at 117th, Afghanistan 152nd and Bangladesh was at 110th.

The difference between the happiness indexes from 5.192 points to 5.132 points indicates that people have been less happy in Pakistan this year.

The fourth edition of the report says that the report is a better indicator of human’s happiness than poverty, education, income, health and good government measures, the report basically reviews science behind the foundation of calculating and understanding a human being. Six factors are kept under review for the report:

GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations). Differences in social support, incomes and healthy life expectancy are the three most important factors.

The report was prepared by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University appealing to nations to protect environment and fight inequality. Denmark topped the list followed by Switzerland. The 10 least happy places on the earth include poverty afflicted and war atrophied countries like Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries.

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