March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

Happiness is a fundamental human goal. We need a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.

A list of the happiest countries in the world:

The World Happiness Report measures how people rate their quality of life, positive emotions such as enjoyment, smiling, or laughing, as well as negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, and anger.

Happiness is linked to economic development.  It has become a measure of a nation’s progress more important than its gross domestic product (GDP). Economic activity is more important for well-being at lowers levels of economic development but as countries become richer, the well-being of their citizens stagnates unless further economic growth is more sustainable.

A list of the saddest countries in the world:

Happiness is connected to the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The SDGs’ mission is to improve the world, create a better world for all people and promote stability, well-being, and happiness, “leaving no one behind”. Countries with higher SDG Index score tend to have citizens who are happier.

The following SDGs directly affects happiness and well-being:

  • SDG 3 (Good health and well-being);
  • SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); and
  • SDG 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure);


  • SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production); and
  • SDG 13 (climate action)

negatively affects people’s well-being.

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