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Happier Malaysians put us five spots up in world happiness report

Happier Malaysians put us five spots up in world happiness report”

India ranked 122nd, behind terror-riven Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal in the global list of the happiest countries, according to a United Nations report released on Monday.

"This year the World Happiness Report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, including especially happiness in the workplace", the press release said.

Nigeria has been ranked the 95th happiest nation of the world and sixth in Africa in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Canada 8. New Zealand 9.

"The predominant political discourse in the United States is aimed at raising economic growth, with the goal of restoring the American Dream and the happiness that is supposed to accompany it", wrote Jeffrey D. Sachs, one of the editors of the report.

Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top. "By choosing to produce oil deliberately and investing the proceeds for the benefit of future generations, Norway has protected itself from the volatile ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies", said Professor John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia.

As for our fair country, it rang in at 14th on this year's list, one spot lower than in 2016.

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The report highlights the top 10 countries all rank highly in aspects of "income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust".

Northern Europe dominated the top-ranked countries, with Norway being followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. The ten bottom spots were taken by some of the world's poorest countries, with happiness levels averaging approximately 3 out of ten. It is the fifth such report since the first was published in 2012. Everything from poor life expectancy and job dissatisfaction to lack of social support and trust in government and business.

"America's crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis", the report said, citing social support and increased corruption as reasons.

Sachs told The Guardian that the Trump administration's policies would make these factors worse. "Tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the health-care rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending".

Similarly, Gallup showed that while factors such as GDP and the United Nation's Human Development Index failed to predict the Arab Spring uprisings, the happiness index in those countries plummeted in the time leading up to the major events. "America's crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis..."

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