Canada is among the top 15 happiest countries in the world
Canada is in the top 15 happiest countries of the world according to the annual rankings of the countries concerning the happiest countries which were released on Friday. It is a substantial fall because once Canada stood in the fifth position.
This annual ranking marks the tenth anniversary of the world happiness report. This report was published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. These rankings are mostly based on the evaluations of the lives of the people from the Gallop World Poll. Scores are pulled from different indicators which include healthy life expectancy, freedom to make important life decisions, corruption, social trust, community support, and GDP per capita.
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But all the same, Canada is still thought to be among the happiest countries in the world. Ten years ago, Canada ranked as the fifth happiest country in the world in the first World Happiness Ranking Report. Last year Canada ranked eleventh. This shows that happiness is consistently decreasing.
Globally, citizens feel more inclined and encouraged to extend support to each other.
Beyond expectations, the Corona era developed the feelings and passion among the citizens of the world to come together to collectively face all the hardships that came with the Pandemic. Compassion, helping strangers and the needy, volunteering, and donating to charity, saw a 25 percent increase compared with the previous year.
It was surprising to know that in a mutually uncoordinated way there have been unexpectedly large rises in all the three forms of compassions that are asked by Gallop World Poll, told John Helliwell, one of the editors of the report.
The rise in the feelings of compassion, sympathy, and benevolence would have certainly helped push back against the increase in worry and stress which was largely seen and felt soon after the start of the Pandemic. Stress and worry rose by eight percent in 2020 over pre-pandemic levels if compared to the rating in 2021 it was only four percent higher.
Helliwell said that we often underestimate and even forget to remember the reality that crisis serves as a unifying force among different communities, it actively inclines and encourages the public to develop feelings of humanism by bridging the gaps of differences.
Tragedies of life create feelings of trust in others and evaluations of life often arise in such challenging times of crisis when you think that it is a troublesome time but efforts are going on to defeat this bad time and restore normalcy.
Also, there is a dark side of excessive happiness
There are certain reports concerning happiness that suggest that there are certain damaging impacts of living in an excessively happy country. Brock Bastian, social psychologist, and professor at the University of Melbourne writes that higher pressure coming from society to be happy may increase the severity of anxiety, depression, and other similar indicators of poor mental health. A possible cause for this severity of mental health may be that when a person with the symptoms of anxiety and depression is surrounded by a crowd of happy people, it can cause reinforce the feeling of social isolation and further intensify the pressure to be happy.