The World Happiness 2016 Update Report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDNS) has been released. The report, published ahead of the International World Happiness Day on March 20, is intended to "survey the … understanding subjective well-being".
Six measurements used for each of the countries surveyed are a reflection of different elements than can impact happiness" GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (measured by recent donations).
From the 157 countries surveyed, the top rankings are, in order, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. Meanwhile, the bottom 10 are Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
The report is timely, with the International Day of Happiness falling today (March 20). Founded by Jayme Illien—then a UN adviser—on June 28, 2012, during a UN General Assembly, the goal stated in UN resolution 66/281 promotes the idea that happiness as a human right and a fundamental human goal.
In the spirit of celebrating the day of happiness, here are a few ideas that should help to boost the levels of joy in your life. Su Tomesen, a visual artist based in Amsterdam and Jogjakarta, is exhibiting "Hidden Creativity in Public Space" from today until April 27 at the Erasmus Huis Dutch Cultural centre (website http://www.sutomesen.nl/).
You might also like to try the hip-and-happening Pasar Santa area, or learn to cook at Blue Elephant, where you can discover and experience the culinary wonder of Thai Cuisine every Saturday (visit wesbite).
Visit dayofhappiness.net or actionforhappiness.org for more information and ideas.
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