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London: World Happiness Survey - Bangladesh is Happiest Nation in World!


London, Mar 12: Would you believe it, Bangladesh is the happiest nation in the world! The United States, on the other hand, is a sad story: it ranks only 46th in the World Happiness Survey.

That's way behind India, the fifth happiest place in the world, and others including Ghana and Latvia, Croatia and Estonia. Research led by London School of Economics professors into the link between personal spending power and the perceived quality of life has conclusively proved that money can buy everything but happiness.

The study revealed that people in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, derive far more happiness from their small incomes than, for example, the British (32nd on the list) do from their relatively large bank balances.

In fact, people in most rich countries including Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and others are much more unhappier than their poorer counterparts in countries like the Dominican Republic and Armenia. Most unfortunate, however, are Russians and people in some other parts of the former Soviet Union. They are neither rich nor happy, indicates the World Happiness Survey.

Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria and Moldova follow the United States in the list to bring up the rear.The study shows that although the British have twice as much money to spend in real terms compared with 40 years ago, their perceived quality of life has not improved.

Earlier surveys revealed that many Britons thought money could bring happiness. The new study shows that such a link still exists in poor countries because a small increase in income can mean large improvements in lifestyle.

However, beyond a certain income-level that direct relationship breaks down. According to the research, happiness in rich countries now is far more dependent on close personal relationships, good health and job satisfaction.

People in Britain are generally less happy than they were ten years ago. Two-thirds would rather see the environment improved than have more economic growth and personal spending money, said Robert Worcester, visiting professor of government at the LSE and co-author of the study. The researchers have concluded that although Britons are rich compared with most other countries, many suffer from an emotional poverty caused by consumerism and the breakdown of family life.

We are being seduced by an economic juggernaut and our personal needs are not being met, said Nic Marks, a social sciences researcher at Surrey University who also worked on the report.

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  • shovan, bangladesh

    Wed, Sep 3 2014

    oh i am proud of my country.we r the happiest people all over the world

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  • happiness, mehedi

    Tue, Sep 17 2013

    yea ...true heaven!!!

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  • murad, Cote d'Ivoire

    Tue, Sep 28 2010

    How the survey was conducted? Who all are the target group? So far my knowledge goes, more than 80% people of the country can not speak in english. And 20% those who knows english have better life in Bangladesh. If the survey is done through internet than chance of deriving wrong result will multiply, since happy people browse internet in poorer country and oposite in first world.

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  • shahid, bangladesh/uk

    Tue, Sep 28 2010

    Money can't bring happiness. Happines doesn't relate to prosperity.
    If you are contented with what you have got then you are happy. When I visited Bangladesh very recently, asked a neighbour to work for me next day with relatively good amount of money. Although he was very happy to that, next day he didn't turn up as he didn't feel like working!!!In UK if we don't work for a day then we feel what gone happen, how am I going to support the luxury!!! Think about the man who has no food in his house for a day or two, he doesn't feel the pressure as do the Britons, so why they don't be the happy people!!Much less stress.

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  • Rafiq Uz Zaman, Bangladeshi

    Tue, Jun 9 2009

    Mahmud of Dhaka has missed the point completely,one has to beleive in himself to be happy and not by material means,if you are happy you can progress also and if his theory is correct then you have to be unhappy to make progress to become happy and you shall never be happy because you can not progress if you are happy - does it make any sense!!!, I do not agree with him that in Bamgladesh any one is having less than 3 meals a day.Please do not try to be knowledgable by putting yourself down.

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  • Mahmud, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Mon, Jun 1 2009

    That is why, perhaps Bangladesh is not developing fast. When you are happy with what you have you won''t have desire to prosper. I believe, this research could not touch the real fact. Bangladeshis think themselves happy. Do you know how? When you do not have food in the morning, at lunch and then if you get some food for dinner, won''t you be happy dear?

    This article is really a joke with the poor countries like Bangladesh. As man of the earth we do not deserve to be poor. Someday, we will improve and then you will stop these fantasy

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  • Dusty R., India

    Thu, Mar 12 2009

    Why discuss about happiness which does not exist except in movies and books. Given a choice, I would opt for money instead of happiness

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Mar 12 2009

    To be happy one must be contended with what you have!!!??

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  • leena pinto, nejar santhekatte udupi

    Thu, Mar 12 2009

    it reveals that money, fame, name can't buy happiness.great phylosophy.

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