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Are Malaysians happy?

We examine where we are in the World Happiness rankings

20 Mar 2020 / 17:24 H.

Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes the World Happiness Report. It contains reports and rankings of national happiness based on respondent ratings in each country. The key variables taken into consideration cover categories such as income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

This time, the United Nations also considered three factors that also affect the happiness of a nation. The three factors are links between government and happiness, the power of prosocial behaviour (behaviours that promote happy places to live in, such as helping others) and the changes in information technology.

The top 10 Happiest Countries in the World in 2019 are:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Norway

4. Iceland

5. Netherlands

6. Switzerland

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Canada

10. Austria

Are Malaysians happy?

Where is Malaysia on the list? Sadly, Malaysia fell from the 35th place in 2018 to the 80th in 2019. In short, it means Malaysia has fallen 45 places, which is not good at all.

When compared to the other Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia ranked 4th this year, compared to 2nd place in 2018. It appears that as a nation, we’re not getting happier, and this just means there are still a lot of improvements to work on!

For further comparison, here’s how Malaysia did in the previous World Happiness Reports:

2013 - 56th

2015 -61st

2016 - 47th

2017 - 42nd

Malaysia was actually significantly improving over the years. Regardless of the report, what’s important is how we feel in our daily lives. We asked our fellow readers what makes them happy and maybe, we can emulate some of their suggestions listed below. Keep calm and carry on!

Are Malaysians happy?

Happiness is...

Sunnyside up with runny yoke. - bb_hurricane

Reading or watching videos of animal rescue stories. - ramonarevi

Put a smile on others face makes me feel happy. :) - joyalee1719

Blue sky & happy family. - naimishah_

Vacation. - amrysharif

My kids. - sayasha88

Food. - navna_nvn

When get together for dinner with parents and families. - dzulzainal

Kids! - mamanaz09

Shopping and listening to music. - acikachik

Food ,.. because it is my hobby. - farahd85

Food. - arfaakey

Music, rainbows. - verasoo

Able to help those in need to fulfill their daily needs especially grocery items lights me up. - lancelotlance1

Activities and food. - jennifergohwaiping

I love eating Nasi Lemak with kopi’O. - jasminevasudevan

I love food, food always makes me happy and forget my problem. - areinaen

Sleep without timing the alarm. - budynyzam

Free voucher. - dinimuzakir

Free Staycation! - rozaliaanik

Cupcakes. - sophiapious

Food trip with my bestie(s). - n.aida.z

Binging on ice-cream on a sunny day. - ren_d3zvous

Good boss, good friends, supportive family. -little.misyaa

Festival/ Celebrations/ Holidays/ memes. - santhana94

Food and books! - Fariq Sazuki

Win contest. - nazha06

Food n money. - uvasasi

Eat a bar of chocolate while watching my favourite TV show and free from any distractions. - carideeyhamad

Ice cream. - Liza Mei

Going for gigs. My heavy metal music is everything to me. - arvindsindhu14

Finding new awesome songs to listen to. - darifamalina

Watching my favourite Kdrama. - michycsy

Make money in the stock market. - damian.boo

Fried dumpling cook by my dad. - angellam123

Cheesecake. - tya_arif

Music. - anishanair2702

Yummy food. - wendylim_aw

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