Pakistan the happiest country: Here is Abdul Basit's explanation
For Abdul Basit, the Pakistan high commissioner, his country is the happiest in the region. During an event to mark Pakistan Day, Basit quoted a recent report on Happiness Day which places Pakistan ahead of India and China in terms of happiest countries in the world. India ranked 122 in that list.
"We may not be the richest, but we are the happiest people in the region," Basit said while quoting the report. The Delhi event, which was also attended by members of the Hurriyat Conference, Basit said that he wished all other people of the region prosperity and happiness.
In the report that was released on World Happiness Day, India ranked 122 in the list of happiest countries. It ranked behind Pakistan and Nepal in the global report that was released on Monday. In the World Happiness Report 2017, Pakistan ranked at 80 while Nepal stood at 99. Afghanistan stood at 141, Bhutan, 97, Bangladesh, 110 and Sri Lanka at 120.
Norway stood at the top slot, followed by Denmark and Iceland. The United States of America did not figure in the top ten list. The United States of America stood at 14 in the list of happiest countries.
The report stated that money is not the only criteria for happiness. Among the wealthier countries the differences in happiness levels had a lot to do with 'differences in mental health, physical health and personal relationships: the biggest single source of misery is mental illness', the report stated.