The World Happiness Report 2016 was recently released, on March 16th, by The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations, in anticipation of The World Happiness Day (March 20th). But things don’t look that great for India, ranking 118th out of the 156 countries, one spot down from last year!

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Denmark was ranked as the happiest country, followed closely by Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland! India was among the group of 10 countries which had the largest happiness declines, including Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, even lagging behind nations like Somalia, at 76th, Pakistan, at 92nd, and Bangladesh, at 110th!

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The report takes into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness, so perhaps it’s no wonder India’s happiness index has been declining so steadily! The report, for the first time, also gives a special role to the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions. And with the rampant poverty, discrimination and social oppression currently prevailing in India, the fall in ranking probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise!

People are happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness. They also find that happiness inequality has increased significantly (comparing 2012-2015 to 2005-2011) in most countries, in almost all global regions, and for the population of the world as a whole.

– the report said.

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Even in the past, happiness has been proven to provide a better indicator of human welfare than a measure of income, poverty, education, health and good government in a country. Leading experts from several fields like psychology, health, and public policy, have said that measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations, thus necessitating a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policies!

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