WASHINGTON: According to the sixth World Happiness Report, Pakistan is 58 points ahead of its arch-rival India, 11 points ahead of all-weather friend China, 31 of Iran, and 70 points ahead of Afghanistan on the ranking table of happiness.
Pakistan was ranked at 75 in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report which ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
India slipped 11 places as it was placed 122nd last year. It was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 145.
Jumping 5 spots from 2017, Pakistan is even happier this year. With a rank of 80, it had fared much better than India (122) and Bangladesh (110) last year as well.
Those countries are considered happy that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality, and confidence in government.