Monday, July 31, 2006


World map of happines

You all will be amazed to know that a social pshycologist named Adrian White has created a world map of happiness using data from social organizations such as UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer etc. The result depends upon varoius factors such as health status, wealth, population, education, welfare outcomes, government policies, natural calimities, war. The basic thing is to develop positive frame of mind towards the life.

Many general trends could be observed from this world map of happiness such as a higher GDP per captia and access to proper education were much more likely to report being happy. The most suprising among these is that India, spiritual capital of the world comes at 125 th position. When i talked to some of my Indian friends about this report, they accepted the fact that India is fast losing its traditional strength of spiritualness and peace under the effects of fast moving western influence.

But as expected the people of countries with less population are much more happier than those living in most populated countries of China and India. One can also see that countries with less population and reasonable growth are most happier. e.g Bhutan , a little kingdom in Indian subcontinent is ranked 8th. As expected non of the arab or middle east countries showed up in top 20. Denmark and switzerland tops the list. ( Is it connected to the success of FedEX, i mean Roger Fedrer )

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