Guy Kawasaki (yes the same Guy, no pun intended) found this interesting study which consolidated data from various sources to come up with a “world map of happiness“. Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University’s School of Psychology, noted that since measuring happiness was a difficult task to do, he limited it to looking at happiness in relation to health, wealth and access to education.
Thus the top 20 happiest nations in the World are:
5. The Bahamas
13. Costa Rica
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
18. New Zealand
20. The Seychelles
With the mid-term elections looming in the Philippines, this might be a good way to evaluate some politicians who are up for re-elections. What have they done to make us, Filipinos, happy in relation to health, wealth and access to education?
A quote from the article published in Science Daily states:
“There is a belief that capitalism leads to unhappy people. However, when people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in countries with good healthcare, a higher GDP per captia, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.”
If you would look at the world map of happiness, the Philippines is colored orange, which means it belongs to countries with an “average” rating of happiness.