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Is India Happy? Research Team | Posted On Thursday, March 21,2019, 01:05 PM

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Is India Happy?



Today is Holi, the festival of colours. Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Holi is the time to play with colours, renew old friendships, greet relatives and friends and create new beginnings.

What can you do this Holi? Apply colour to friends, party and enjoy. Children can play with dry colours called gulal, pichkaris (water guns), water balloons filled with coloured solutions and other creative things. You could join groups of people with drums, play with musical instruments on the streets or just dance or sing.

On this day of Holi there’s a question? Is India a Happy Nation? Take a look at this important statistic. India loses 7 spots in the global list of happiest nations to rank at 140. Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018.

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Is India A Happy Nation

The UN World Happiness Report released yesterday, shows India at the 140th position, down 7 spots from last year. Finland is the World’s Happiest Nation for the second year in a row.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, released the UN World Happiness Report.  The UN General Assembly had declared March 20th as World Happiness Day in 2012.

Happiness Index: A Look At The Ingredients

How is Happiness Index Calculated?

Happiness Index ranks countries based on 6 key variables:

  • Income
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Healthy Life Expectancy
  • Social Support
  • Generosity

These are the 6 ingredients of the Happiness Index. Finland, the home of Santa Claus is the World’s Happiness Nation. Visit the official hometown of Santa Claus at Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.

Finland is closely followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands. USA holds the 19th position. What about India’s neighbors? Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh at 125th and China at 93th.

What about war-torn countries? Afghanistan is ranked at 154th, Tanzania at 153rd and Rwanda at 152th. War-torn South Sudan is the most unhappy country in the World. Take a look at the World Happiness Report 2019.

Happiness Index Calculation:

The World Happiness Report 2019 uses data from the Gallup World Poll. Rankings are based on answers to life evaluation questions asked in the poll. This is also called the Cantril Ladder. How does this work?

  • You are asked to think of a ladder. The best possible life is ranked at 10. The worst possible life is ranked at 0. You are asked to rate current life on a scale from 0 to 10.
  • Rankings are based solely on the survey scores. Gallup weights make the estimates representative. The factors considered are GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom and corruption.
  • Life evaluation of countries is compared to Dystopia. Dystopia is an imaginary country with the World’s least-happy people. No country performs poorer than Dystopia. Dystopia has the lowest score for the 6 key variables. Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia, a Paradise. Dystopia has the World’s lowest income, lowest life expectancy, lowest generosity, most corruption, least freedom and least social support.

Why India Has Low Happiness Index?

Rich: The rich people in India believe they deserve more. They have lots of money, but want clean roads, clean society and nice people around. If you are rich and eat at a classy restaurant, you want meals to be prepared in a hygienic way.

What Do The Rich in India Get? Traffic jams (Just look at the city of Bengaluru), congested roads, corrupt politicians and impure air. (Check air pollution in Delhi). How can the rich be happy in India?

Middle Class: The middle class is the most frustrated as they try to eke out a living. They struggle with home loans, personal loans, car loans, education loans as they try to make ends meet. They have to pay the most taxes, work like donkeys, zero work-life balance and read reports on how the Vijay Mallya’s and the Nirav Modi’s loot banks of crores of rupees and hide in the UK. They are the one’s frustrated with black money and corrupt politicians. Black money makes basic housing unaffordable and the middle class struggles with home loan interest rates. Corrupt politicians ensure the middle class gets nothing for the tax money he pays.

He spends life commuting from work to home, gets stuck in traffic jams and if he meets with an accident or falls ill, all his money goes in hospital bills. The Middle-Class in India need health insurance, term life insurance and personal accident plans.

Poor: The poor in India depend on the Government to pull them out of misery. They are desperately struggling for food, clothing and shelter. They don’t care about population size or the environment. They want 3 square meals and a roof over their head.

People in India know the price of everything and the value of nothing. They live in anxiety, stress and insecurity. Most of India’s population is the poor and middle class, who aspire to grow rich. They work for 12-15 hours a day in harsh working conditions, sometimes doing night-shifts.

Today’s work demands sedentary lifestyle. Many people who work in the night-shift are obese. Why not a health insurance plan for the costly hospital bills?

The reasons for unhappiness in India are:

  • Poor education system: Our education system encourages unhealthy competition where students fight for marks. Children are not encouraged to take up sports. Sports helps the body grow and reduces stress.
  • Students don’t take the career of choice: Parents force children to become engineers or doctors. Your child could be a great artist or a musician. Parents say there’s no money in that. You will live the life of a beggar or on someone’s shoulders. You listen to them and join the rat race of engineering and MBA.
  • You live for others, not yourself: You spend tons of cash on your wedding, even availing a personal loan. Why? Imagine what the neighbors and relatives will say if you don’t have a grand wedding. Isn’t this living for others? You have to do an MBA because the neighbor’s son did it and draws a package of Rs 15 Lakhs. Where is the freedom of choice?

How Does Bhutan Measure Happiness?

Bhutan is often praised as the World’s Happiest Country. Bhutan values Gross National Happiness more than Gross Domestic Product or GDP.  

Gross National Happiness means being satisfied with what you have. The goal is to try and be satisfied.

The Gross National Happiness Index or the GNP Index includes 9 domains:

  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Health
  • Education
  • Time use
  • Cultural diversity and resilience
  • Good governance
  • Community vitality
  • Ecological diversity and resilience
  • Living standards

The domains are equally weighed as all of them have intrinsic importance. People across the World are frustrated after the 2008 Financial Crisis and blame Corporate Culture for the World’s Problems. Time to focus on Gross National Happiness?

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