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Malaysia Improved Slightly In World Happiness Report Despite Pandemic Hardships

Malaysia Improved Slightly In World Happiness Report Despite Pandemic Hardships

Malaysia gained a spot in this year’s rankings.

Akmal Hakim

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) World Happiness Report 2021 ranks Malaysia as the 81st happiest country in the world from a total of 149 nations.

This year, the report studies the effects of the Covid-19 on the public and how different countries fared during the course of the pandemic.

The survey focuses on a few key points like tracking peoples quality of life as well as their personal emotions to provide a picture of the current state of the world and the people who live in it.

The study asked people how they feel about living in their countries, the types of freedoms they do or do not enjoy, and things such as how generous or corrupted they think civil society is in its current form.

An anxious but resilient world

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According to the report, people all over the globe have faced greater economic insecurity, anxiety and disruption to every aspect of their lives since the start of the pandemic in 2020 – causing many to suffer stress and taking tolls on their physical and mental health.

However, the study pointed out that the world remained resilient in the face of a global catastrophe and maintained a positive outlook on life.

People in the eastern and southern parts of Asia were shown to be growing in happiness compared to previous years as well as to other parts of the globe.

But, the pandemic still took its toll on the world’s emotional state with the study showing more and more people afflicted with negative emotions like worry and sadness in 2020 compared to previous years, while people’s anger levels remained unchanged.

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The study also indicated that people experienced the same levels of positive emotions such as laughter and enjoyment as they did prior to 2020.

More people around the world are also saying that they are doing more interesting things or activities in their lives now, compared to before.

So where are the happiest people in the world in 2021?

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Norway
  7. Sweeden
  8. Luxembourg
  9. New Zeland
  10. Austria

Closer to home, Singapore ranked as the 32nd happiest country to be in, followed by Thailand at 54th, the Philippines at 61st, Vietnam 79th, and Indonesia at 82nd place.

Malaysia previously ranked #82 in the World Happiness Report 2020 and placed 80th on the 2019 list.

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