According to the World Happiness Report, people have proven to be resilient in general, and surprisingly so, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It wouldn’t be surprising if the pandemic increased dissatisfaction with people’s lives in a year when loved ones, jobs, and individual freedoms have been lost.
Finland, the world’s happiest country, came out on top in its fourth year in a row despite mental health declining in many countries.
Here are ten of the world’s happiest countries, according to the World Happiness Report:
- New Zealand
Finland has used previous wins to promote its natural beauty and potential for tourism. Its population is around 5.5 million. According to Johns Hopkins University data, it recorded 805 total deaths during the pandemic, which is low compared to other European countries.
This study showed that the country consistently ranks high on the measures used to assess mutual trust.
The Finnish Embassy in the United States tweeted on Friday that Finland had been named the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row. They also added that happiness depends on a balanced, everyday life rooted in healthy and equitable lifestyles. The pandemic does not threaten this foundation.
A citizen’s evaluation of their own life is used in calculating the happiness rankings each year. A survey conducted by Gallup uses data from the Gallup World Poll. People are asked to evaluate their lives’ quality by imagining a ladder, with the best life for them represented by 10 and the worst life for them indicating a 0.
COVID-19 and well-being were investigated as part of this year’s report. There is also information about the efficacy of coronavirus medications around the world and why some governments may have performed better than others.
Being affected by the pandemic across the globe and the overall resilience, many of us had to go through it together.
COVID-19 has been associated with a slight upward change in overall country happiness rankings, according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
John Helliwell, an editor of the report and a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Canada, said there was no decline in average well-being when measured by people’s own assessments of their lives.
COVID-19 was not a significant factor in profoundly affecting life satisfaction, but it did affect emotions and mental health during its first year. A more significant number of participants in the study cited specific day-to-day emotions to analyze the pandemic’s impact on daily life.
One surprising finding was that approximately 10 percent more people reported being worried or sad than the day before.
They also found that many countries suffered a global mental health decline in the pandemic’s immediate aftermath. It added that mental health recovered but never reached its previous level.
The evidence demonstrates that government action improves people’s well-being, explaining why Finland was ranked as the world’s happiest country even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.