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“International Day of Happiness”: Why happiness important in nations’ life?

Out of a total 149 countries, Pakistan ranked 105th, China 84th, Sri Lanka 129th and India 139th: UN 2021 Report   

Islamabad: Today [March 20] is being celebrated as“International Day of Happiness” and the purpose of the day is to recognize the relevance of happiness in the lives of human beings and countries’ economic development.

According to a recent UN report, Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world. Out of a total 149 countries, Pakistan ranked 105th, China 84th, Sri Lanka 129th and India 139th. In the list of least happy countries, Afghanistan was ranked the least happy nation in the world.

Why Happiness Day? :The Day recognizes happiness as the most important need in any human’s life and link it to the overall well-being of humans.

The Happiness day is also aims to establish the important role that happiness must play while setting public policy, which will thereby lead to sustainable development overall well-being of all people.

The special Day is observed every year all over the world on March 20 to highlight the importance of happiness in the diurnal lives of people.

The theme of “International Day of Happiness” for this year is “Happiness For All, Forever” which implies the significance of happiness for people all over the world.

The report, which was released by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Friday, recognized the toll that theCovid-19 pandemic has taken over the general happiness and well being of the people.

In the report, Finland was ranked as the happiest country in the world. Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and the Netherlands followed in second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

 Tally from History: The United Nations started to celebrate “International Day of Happiness” in 2013. But a resolution for the same day was passed on July 12, 2012. The resolution was first initiated by Bhutan, which emphasized on the importance of national happiness over the national economy since 1970, thereby adopting the Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.

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