Mizoram, Punjab happiest states; Andaman Nicobar happiest UT: Report

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 19

Mizoram, Punjab and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have emerged as the highest three ranked states and Union Territories within the first ever annual India Happiness Report measuring nationwide wellbeing and other people’s happiness.

The research performed by India’s main administration technique skilled Rajesh Pillania is predicated on a nationwide survey overlaying 16,950 individuals between March and July 2020 and tracks the affect of COVID-19 on individuals.

In the ultimate happiness rankings, Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the highest three states and UTs whereas Odisha, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh are the underside three.

Among the large states, Punjab, Gujarat and Telangana lead the happiness rankings whereas among the many smaller states, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are on the high.

The analysis names the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and the Lakshadweep because the happiest Union Territories.

“Happiness is a subjective concept and the differences in rankings are due to differences in the components of happiness across the states and the UTs. This study used six components to measure happiness — work and work-related issues such as earnings and growth; relationships, including family and friends; physical and mental health; philanthropy; spiritual orientation; and the impact of COVID-19 on happiness. All these components are found to be significant in the regression analysis and explain the differences in happiness scores,” Pillania, at the moment instructing at MDI Gurugram, advised The Tribune.

He additionally discovered that India sustained nicely by way of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The spirit of India is quite resilient and the impact of COVID-19 varied across states and UTs. Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana showed the worst possible impact of COVID-19 on happiness; Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir remained neutral while Manipur, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Lakshadweep showed the best impact of COVID-19 on happiness,” stated the researcher whose report contains signed articles by high happiness specialists on the planet.

Pillania discovered that whereas correlations between gender and happiness weren’t important, marital standing, schooling, and incomes had been positively associated to happiness. “Results show married people are happier than unmarried people. A long-term Harvard study that followed people through 70 years also found that those in stable relationships were happier than others. I plan to publish the India Happiness Report every year,” says Pillania.

Asked what prompted his challenge, the academician stated although the World Happiness Report Covered India, it was inadequate for a various nation like ours.

Research makes a powerful case for supporting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with measures of subjective well-being and happiness.

India’s first Happiness Report’s prompt goal is to create extra curiosity within the subject and long-term goal is to tell coverage.

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