- The Happy Planet Index (HPI) was created in 2006 by Nic Marks who introduced the concept to think tank New Economic Foundation (NEF)
- The Philippines ranked as the 20th happiest country in the world on its list for this year
- Costa Rica has topped the list for the third time with a score of 44.7
In spite of the bad news Filipinos receive daily, there is always a rainbow after the rain – in the form of the country’s ranking as one of the happiest nations in the world.
According to the Happy Planet Index (HPI) report of New Economic Foundation (NEF), the Philippines ranked as the 20th happiest country in the world.
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Created by Nic Marks, the HPI was also first introduced in the NEF a decade ago. According to the think tank, the HPI was created to show “how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives” and measures how these nations sustain well-being for all its citizens.
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To compute the ranking for the HPI, the following factors were considered: well-being of its citizens (on a scale of zero to ten, they were asked how they felt about life in its totality), inequality of outcomes (which is the ‘inequalities between people within a country, in terms of how long they live, and how happy they feel’), life expectancy (average number of years a person is expected to live in a specific country), and the citizens’ ecological footprint.
The Philippines’ HPI score totaled to 35.0. To break it down, the country got five points for well-being, 1.1 global hectares per person for its ecological footprint and 26 percent for inequality of outcomes.
The average life expectancy of Filipinos is at 67.9 years, which has been recorded by the United Nations.
For this year, 140 countries were included in the report. For the third time since its beginning, Costa Rica has topped the list with a score of 44.7. It also dominated other countries in 2009 and 2012.
The Central American nation is followed by other similar countries as well as a mix of nations from Asia and Europe such as Mexico, Colombia, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Panama, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ecuador, Jamaica, Norway, Albania, Uruguay, Spain, Indonesia and El Salvador.
Contrary to popular belief, first-world nations are not as happy as most people think they are just because they are paragons of success. These countries usually rank low in the annual list.
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Aside from the HPI, there are other happiness polls in which the Philippines got a better ranking. In 2013, the country placed fifth in Gallup’s Positive Experience Index with a score of 80.-Kami Media