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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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Rainyshadows says:

    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. aditi says:

      Thanks for sharing the info. I wasn’t aware but people who value silence are the best people of the world.

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    2. Monika says:

      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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      1. aditi says:

        Exactly. Thanks for sparing time to read this.

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  2. Jheelam says:

    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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    1. aditi says:

      True Jheelam. High population is responsible for lack of facilities that increases negative element. But happiness is a much broader concept. It’s more of a personal thing.

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      1. Jheelam says:

        I agree.

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  3. The Words Kraft says:

    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. aditi says:

      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. arv! says:

    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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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks for reading:) can you share the link to your post?

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      1. arv! says:

        Just shared a link to the same in a seperate comment

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        1. aditi says:

          Let me check!

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        2. aditi says:

          Sorry but I can’t find.

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          1. arv! says:

            Pls check your spam folder. Else you can reach out on my blog. It’s a recent post

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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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    1. aditi says:

      Even I was shocked to know that Indians fare so bad in happiness.

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  6. Hmmm… a thought provoking post… Indians are generally dissatisfied as people anyways… we must learn to be more at peace and satisfied I feel..

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    1. aditi says:

      Happiness is a state of mind. Materialistic things matter but happiness is not confined to these boundaries.

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  7. momsmethods says:

    You have nailed it! I totally agree with all the reasons you have mentioned

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks for reading!

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  8. Neha Gupta says:

    The happiness comes from within. Be content and happy with whatever we have, should be our mantra. Hopefully, we will reach a better place in happiness quotient soon !!

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  9. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Amazing post, i love to read this kind of thought-provoking post, keep up the great work

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  10. shravmusings says:

    You nailed it correctly Aditi. The other point is the comparision with the neighbours and friends thats another thing which Indians do every minute and that automatically brings down the happiness

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    1. aditi says:

      We need to know where true happiness resides. Thanks for reading:)

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  11. All we want is get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids and work entire life to make money. We have forgotten to live for ourselves.

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  12. eshachaks says:

    We seriously need to do some soul searching…some if the countries you have mentioned in the subcontinent are way behind us terms of economic development and yet they are happier…

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    1. aditi says:

      Yup. And I think it’s better to rank countries on the basis of Happiness quotient. Ultimately it is happiness that counts.

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