The U.N. General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day in 2012, recognizing "happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world."
The first of five World Happiness Reports was first published in April 2012 in conjunction with the U.N. High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being.
The Report was written by a group of independent experts and its central purpose was to survey the science of measuring and understanding subjective well-being.� It covers 155 countries across the globe and Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and Central African Republic are the last in the grading.
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Denmark, which was ranked first in three of the past four years was edged out by Norway. Close home,� China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have improved their position over the previous year, it declined in the case of Pakistan and India. India?s score fell by 0.839 points over the last year. Singapore, ranked 26th, has been ranked the happiest Asian country since 2015.
These factors of happiness were organised under six explanatory variables - GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations). The top ten countries rank highly on all six of these factors.
?The aim of the report is to provide another tool for governments, businesses and civil societies to help their countries find a better way to well-being,? said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General.
Source: World Happiness Report 2017