The World Happiness Report was released on Wednesday (23rd March 2016). The Report uses numerous parameters to determine the world’s happiest countries. This year, India was ranked in 118th place, dropping one place since last year. Among other populous nations, China came in at No. 83, the United States was No. 13, Indonesia at No. 79, Brazil at No. 17, Pakistan at No. 92, Nigeria at No. 103, Bangladesh at No. 110, Russia at No. 56, Japan at No. 53 and Mexico at No. 21. Burundi was ranked the least happy nation in the world.

At the top of the order was Denmark, which returned to the No. 1 spot this year after losing to Switzerland last year. Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden made the top 10. It is important to note that these nations are fairly homogeneous nations.

This is the third time that Denmark has topped the list since the report was incepted in 2012.

The happiness ranking is measured based on individual responses to a global poll conducted by research firm Gallup. Pollers ask respondents a question about the Cantril Ladder. The question goes like this:

‘Please imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?’

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