The 10th Anniversary of the World Happiness Report incidentally falls in the right time after several episodes of unhappiness from the Pandemic, war, and so many more factors.
As has been the norm, another report was released showing how different Countries stand in terms of happiness. Out of the 146 countries that were surveyed, Uganda came out as number 177.
Who came up with these findings?
Well, the World Happiness Report was written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities.
Any views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization, agency, or program of the United Nations
The history of the World Happiness Report dates back to April 2, 2012, chaired by Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley and Jeffrey D. Sachs, the first World Happiness Report was presented to review evidence from the emerging science of happiness for the ‘Defining a New Economic Paradigm: The Report of the High-Level Meeting on Well-being and Happiness.
For the fifth consecutive year, Finland ranked as the happiest country in the world followed by Denmark and Iceland in second and third respectively. The World’s Super Power country and Land of Opportunity as referred to by many, the United States of America, was ranked number 16.
Looking at the relegated countries if this was to be a Football League, Afghanistan held the last position of 146th in the list, with Lebanon (145th), Zimbabwe (144th), Rwanda (143rd), and Botswana (142nd).
Uganda manages to beat fellow East African Countries Kenya (119), Tanzania (139), Rwanda (143) with exception of the Democratic Republic of Congo (99) to be the happiest country in the region. No African Country managed to make it among the top 50 happiest Countries though there is always room for improvement.
The report was released based on data collected over the period of 2019- 2021 with a focus on the following key areas to determine happiness:
- GDP per capita is in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
- The time series for healthy life expectancy at birth is constructed based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Observatory data repository.
- Social support is the national average of the binary responses (0=no, 1=yes) to the Gallup World Poll (GWP) question “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them, or not?”
- Freedom to make life choices is the national average of binary responses (0=no, 1=yes) to the GWP question “Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?”
- Generosity is the residual of regressing the national average of GWP responses to the donation question “Have you donated money to a charity in the past month?” on log GDP per capita.
- Perceptions of corruption are the average of binary answers to two GWP questions: “Is corruption widespread throughout the government in this country or not?” and “Is corruption widespread within businesses in this country or not?”
- Positive affect is defined as the average of previous-day affect measures for laughter, enjoyment, and doing or learning something interesting. This marks a change from recent years, where only laughter and enjoyment were included.
- Negative affect is defined as the average of previous-day affect measures for worry, sadness, and anger.