What’s your Happiness Quotient?

What’s your Happiness Quotient?

It was shocking to find India amongst the unhappiest countries of the world. Out of 156 countries ranked on the happiness scale, India stood at embarrassing 133. Yes, I’m talking about the latest World Happiness Report by UN. They have Pakistan at 75, China 86, Nepal 101 and Bangladesh at 115! After many years of calculating GDP (Gross Domestic Product), we’re now more interested in finding GNH (Gross National Happiness) which is a better, holistic approach to measure development. Finland is the happiest country and Burundi is the unhappiest one! Curious to know about the factors to calculate GNH? Here these are-

🌸Sustainable, equitable, and socio-economic development

🌸Environmental conservation

🌸Preservation and promotion of culture

🌸Good governance

What does this mean?
India loses out on the above factors.

There’s no dearth of talent, income is rising as never before, opportunities are plenty and freedom has more dimensions.
But!
Indians are the among the embarrassing unhappiest!
Why?
Here I put my point of view.

🍁Indians don’t love their country. (Correct me if I’m wrong!)

Honestly, I feel that Indians lack sincerity towards their country. They want a good education, job opportunities, amenities, freedom and above all the Democratic government to abuse when their wishes are not fulfilled.

But they don’t want to give back to their country. They deface public places, create nuisance whenever they get an opportunity to, criticise the government for not providing them smallest of things and fantasy to move to the developed country for a ‘better living’

🍁Indians don’t value their Culture

Indian culture has been the oldest and the wisest of all cultures. It is nurturing cultures all over the world. What an irony that Indians don’t give due respect to their own culture. The departure from cultural roots is a matter of concern.

Image courtesy http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2018/

🍁 We don’t recognise the real Happiness

What is happiness? With continuous development, the perception of happiness has changed drastically. Materialistic things find their way to our heart while human relations take a backseat.

Being an Indian, I’m not happy with the unhappy rank of India.

Let’s go back and discover happiness from the ruins of our glorious past.

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33 Comments

  1. I think Finland is also the top rank holder at global innovation index and education… I have met some Finnish people and they are actually so calm and use words rarely…
    Maybe sometimes that’s what we should do… Keep silent when you have the desire to gossip.. Gossiping about a person’s wellness, being jealous, commenting on others personal choices… No wonder why we end up unhappy at the end of the day

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    1. Yup Calmness is something not in Indians’ blood . Everybody is stressed and in a hurry . Some are sleeping hungry at night while others are just wasting food in bulk at their parties . We don’t value our religion and our country . Every youngster wants to go abroad . But whats the reason for that ? Less facilities , more reservation , caste system …all this is eating our country like termite .

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  2. Informative post. I think it comes to population explosion as well. In India, resources are limited- thus creating a dog-eats-dog culture. Also, diversity is a good thing but if law and order is not there, it brings in chaos as well.

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  3. The problem is with the bulk of the population which are mostly driven by sentiments (religious, political, etc) and very fewer people who think rationally. It’s about identity crisis and individuality amongst a staggering 1.3 billion people. Most people live a struggled life tucked far into the receiving end of things. They are the poor faceless and opinion-less victims. And a chance to vandalize or create a public nuisance gives them a momentary high. They feel they are the boss. A moment when the society fears them for once.

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    1. One thing that pinched me was that our country is among the most unhappy countries of the world! I mean we’re not that sad😯 yet this data is making me one!

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  4. That’s a great post, Aditi. You have written about something that people don’t talk about. I’m glad you did. I wrote a post on how we Indians don’t value our heritage and culture. It is a long post. Let me know if you want to read that one. Keep writing and highlighting, Aditi.

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  5. This is totally a new info for me, did not have any idea about this.
    Its really shocking to know the rank of India but yes the factors upon which its calculated are very important and in short you have mentioned some harsh truths.
    Thanks for sharing.

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