KARACHI: Pakistanis may indulge in numerous tribulations every day, but they cheerfully get ahead of those tribulations – at least that’s what United Nations World Happiness Index implies.
The latest rankings see Pakistan leap eight spots from 2018 to become 67th happiest nation of the world. The 2019 report –which outlines countries’ progression since 2005 – also places Pakistan among the top 20 gainers ranked on the index.
Adversary India was ranked among 20 biggest losers after it plummeted seven spots from previous year to 140 on the list.
Just like previous year, Pakistan stayed the happiest country in South Asia, trail by Bhutan at 95. Other Asian countries on the list included: Nepal 100, Bangladesh 125, Sri Lanka 130, and Afghanistan, the least happiest Asian country, ranked 154.
The top 5 spot was held by Scandinavian countries, continuing from last year, with Finland becoming the most happiest nation of the world, ranked #1, followed by Denmark and Norway. Top ten countries were Iceland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria
South Sudan found themselves ranked 156, declared the unhappiest country of the world where, around 60% of population is grappling with food uncertainty in a post civil war region.
The survey grades 157 nations by the extent of happiness their citizens identify themselves to be and every year, happiness is appraised by the usage of different markers. The current survey centered on six variables that sustain welfare, such as income per capita, life span, social support, independence, magnanimity and corruption.
While the measure of happiness has been successfully conducted in the seventh consecutive year, the project is not without its detractors as they showed uncertainty at the ‘quantification’ of a feeling as intangible as happiness can be done. While some call attention to increasing suicide rates widespread in the urbanized nations with the constantly raising reliance on anti-depressants in countries such as Denmark and Iceland.
Report is conceived with keeping emerging science of happiness in mind, writers of the report claim. They further added, ““[It shows] that the quality of people’s lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective well-being measures, collectively referred to then and in subsequent reports as happiness.”
The falling altitude of happiness all across the world in spite of persisting economic development, in part elucidated by descending status amid population-dense nations such as United States, Egypt and India is also emphasized by the report. Concluding that happiness and life fulfillment in terms of sole economic prosperity is not sufficient.
Pakistan’s advancement on the index
Last year, Pakistan was ranked 75, accelerated from 80 in 2018 and making a leap to 65 this year. Index indicated that residents have been reporting raising fulfillment in all six categories described to measure happiness.