Filipinos are known to be happy-go-lucky people. Fortunately, other people have noticed it too. According to the news shared by the Philippine Star, the Philippines ranks 82nd in the recent report released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network or SDSN and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
The Philippines is noted as a happy place to live in regardless of wealth, inequality and environment issues. We are one notch higher than China.
Furthermore, the report gauged the 157 countries by the following factors:
- Per capita gross domestic
- Healthy years of life expectancy
- The thought of “having someone to count on in times of trouble’
- Freedom from corruption from government and in business
The United States was ranked 13th, followed by the UK at 23rd, France at 32nd, and Italy, 50th.
Furthermore, this year’s top 10 countries were Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Canada, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden.
In addition, the report showed three countries: Ireland, Iceland, and Japan, were able to preserve their happiness despite economic crisis (2007) and the 2011 earthquake. Their resilience was because of their social support and solidarity.
On the other hand, the bottom 10 countries are Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria, and Burundi.
Although we didn’t land in the top 10 countries, at least, other people notice our genuine happiness.
Certainly, apart from our pristine beaches, Filipinos are also hospitable and fun to be with.
Thank you for recognizing our smiles and resilience (even though, we are only the 82nd!
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