The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s World Happiness Report 2021 ranked Sri Lanka 129th out of 149 countries.
Finland was named the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row, a feat accomplished by the Nordic nation.
India was ranked 139th, Pakistan 105th, China 84th, and Bangladesh 101st among neighboring countries.
Afghanistan was the least happiest country on the list, while the nine other nations that ranked below India were Burundi, Yemen, Tanzania, Haiti, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
The survey used the Gallup World Poll that asked people to vote on three indicators: life evaluations, positive emotions, and negative emotions.
Respondents were asked to rate their lives on a ladder in the case of life assessments. The question stated, “Imagine a ladder with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top.” “The best possible life for you is at the top of the ladder, and the worst possible life is at the bottom of the ladder. Which rung of the ladder do you think you are currently on?”
People were asked to respond in binary terms (0 and 1) to three measures of positive emotions: “happiness,” “laughter,” and “enjoyment.” The respondents had to say whether or not they felt these feelings on the day they were polled and the day before.
The same exercise was carried out on the three measures of “worry,” “sadness,” and “anger” for negative emotions.
Aside from these, the report took into account data on per capita GDP, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom to make life choices, kindness, and perceptions of corruption.