International Relations

World Happiness Report 2024: Key Highlights

  • India ranks 126th out of 143 nations in the World Happiness Report 2024, a worldwide happiness index released on March 20 to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

About the World Happiness Report

  • The World Human Rights Report is an annual publication produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  • Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Editorial Board of the World Happiness Report collaborated on its release.
  • It assesses three major well-being indicators: life assessments, positive emotions, and negative emotions (referred to in the report as positive and negative affect).
  • The report looks at six major factors: social support, income, health, independence, generosity, and the absence of corruption.
  • It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in response to a resolution proposed by Bhutan.

Key Highlights of the 2024 Report:

  • Top: For the eighth consecutive year, Finland topped the list of the world’s happiest countries.
  • Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Australia rounded out the top ten countries.
  • Afghanistan was at the bottom of the list.

India ranks 126th in the Happiness Index

  • Surprisingly, it trails Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, and Niger.
  • China ranked 60th, Nepal 93rd, Pakistan 108th, Myanmar 118th, Sri Lanka 128th, and Bangladesh 129th.
  • Influencing Factors: Marital status, social involvement, physical health, and housing arrangements all have an impact on older Indians’ life satisfaction.
  • Older Indian women report higher levels of life satisfaction, while enduring more pressures and health issues.
  • Key Predictors: Education level, social caste, social support, perceived discrimination, and self-rated health all have a substantial impact on older Indians’ life happiness.

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