Can we measure how happy or unhappy we are? Since 2012, the World Happiness Report studies how happy people are around the world and what factors determine each country’s happiness index. Turns out, in order to feel happy, income is one of, but still not the most important variable. In the end, six main factors stand out in determining happiness in different countries. They are generosity, social support, freedom, degree of corruption, healthy life expectancy and GDP per capita.
According to the report published in 2020, this is how the lists of 10 happiest and unhappiest countries look respectively:
It’s interesting to look at how happy or unhappy people in the post-Soviet countries consider themselves to be. Apparently, Georgia is one of the least happy countries in the post-Soviet space, as well as globally.
The World Happiness Report was published in March 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic had only begun. It’s interesting what scores will the next report show and whether the pandemic has changed the world’s perception of happiness.