Happy Countries (Are we one of them?)

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:

1. Denmark
2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Iceland
5. The Bahamas
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Bhutan
9. Brunei
10. Canada
11. Ireland
12. Luxembourg
13. Costa Rica
14. Malta
15. The Netherlands
16. Antigua and Barbuda
17. Malaysia
18. New Zealand
19. Norway
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.

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Erwin Oliva

Putting a dent on the universe one day at a time

One thought on “Happy Countries (Are we one of them?)”

  1. huh? how come we’re not one of them? sa saya ng pulitika ntin? actors and actresses of all time png.FAMAS at png.HOLLYWOOD lahat sumama na tpos wla p tyo? haha hntayin ang susnod na kbanata ni manny POOkyaw! peace!

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