An internally displaced boy, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, holds a pot on his head while standing in line for a food handout at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, about 120 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, June 8, 2009. — Photo by Reuters/File

WASHINGTON, Oct 3: Pakistanis, in general, are happier about their lives than both Indians and Americans, says a survey released on Wednesday.

The Happy Planet Index 2012 ranks Pakistan 16th among 151 countries, ahead of both India and the United States ranked 32nd and 105th respectively.

The HPI measures human wellbeing and environmental impact of a country’s development to determine its rank. The index was introduced in July 2006 by a British NGO, the New Economics Foundation, which also has a branch in the United States.The HPI 2012 ranked Costa Rica as the happiest country in the world, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.

Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, ranked 69th in the world in 2011. In 2010, UNDP cited Costa Rica as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels.

And in 2011, UNDP included it among good performers on environmental sustainability, with a better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region. It was also the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability.

Costa Rica is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.

Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country among the world’s 22 older democracies.

The Happy Planet Index is calculated using life expectancy, wellbeing and ecological footprint of the countries with data collected from various sources including UNDP and Gallup.

The life expectancy and experienced wellbeing of Pakistan was found to be mediocre, but the ecological footprint was termed “good”. The total HPI of Pakistan was calculated at 54.1.

Israel landed just one spot above Pakistan, with “good” life expectancy and wellbeing, but a “poor” ecological footprint.

Bangladesh was higher up on the scale at 11, with the first two factors termed mediocre and the footprint as “good”.

India showed mediocre life expectancy and wellbeing but a “good” ecological footprint. India’s total HPI was 50.9.

The United States scored low because of its ecological footprint which was worse than the “poor” category. The life expectancy and well-being were, however, ranked “good”.Afghanistan was ranked 109.

The countries which landed at the bottom of the Happiness Index were mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Comments (109)

October 4, 2012 11:53 am
congratulation my friends
October 4, 2012 5:01 pm
Since majority of us does not know the reason to be sad so we made it!!!! lol
October 4, 2012 5:01 pm
LOL......good one!
October 5, 2012 3:48 pm
If you are happier then than rest of the world, all the praise to you. Why do you have to compare with India and USA to prove what? Probably the article heading should have been Happy and Insecure.
A Shah
October 4, 2012 11:50 am
I agree, the Indian borders are full of us Pakistanis trying to get in. I dont seem a flood of people wanted to go the other way!
October 4, 2012 8:19 pm
that's right :)
October 4, 2012 5:09 pm
play with you happiness with your team alone lol
October 4, 2012 7:23 am
Good news
October 5, 2012 1:57 pm
It seems that few of our Indian friends are certainly not happy with the news.
October 5, 2012 1:51 pm
Chinese does live in Pakistan. For your kind information.
October 4, 2012 2:23 pm
No, most Indians do not want Pak to be a part of India especially with Pak being considered an outcast to the rest of the world. Sorry to state this but it's true. Most Pakistanis overseas now claim to be Indians when asked too. Glad the poll has found you guys are happier than Indians and Americans too
October 5, 2012 5:02 am
If this is true, all credit goes to President Zardari.
October 4, 2012 6:06 am
October 4, 2012 6:06 am
October 5, 2012 1:51 am
Good one :)
October 4, 2012 6:16 am
October 5, 2012 1:20 am
awsome, giving tears, trouble, tension to the WORLD and live HAPPY
abdul narayan
October 5, 2012 1:19 am
I am an indian and i congradulate pakistan with all my heart for having achieved this distinction.Good on you guys.Keep it up.
October 4, 2012 6:22 am
definition of happiness has changed it seems???????
p r sharma
October 5, 2012 12:28 am
happiness is a state of mind and it can not necessarily be related to the material comfort derived from money.
October 4, 2012 12:18 pm
Because you are the nearest and dearest to us....and you keep reminding us that we are the same people and that the Two Nation theory is wrong.
khan Usafzai
October 5, 2012 2:31 am
we lived together and can be together ....
khan Usafzai
October 5, 2012 2:33 am
I am in USA and i miss the wonderful days and part of life of Pakistan ...
October 4, 2012 2:12 pm
Pakistanis are happier than Indians and so is the frog in the well.
October 4, 2012 2:13 pm
How does this explain every Pakistani artist longing for India and others queuing up to get a visa to other countries. You guys are strange.. by God..
K Patil
October 5, 2012 2:42 am
Who r u bro????? take shot with real name.I think you give very good answer.It shows ur presence of mind as well as good understanding of our past as well as our culture
October 4, 2012 5:58 am
Excellent Pakistan. Would be proud to be Pakistani.
Nashib Hashmi
October 5, 2012 1:15 pm
Delusion thinking.
October 5, 2012 5:36 pm
I am not happy with the corruption in my country.I spend my leisure time fighting against the system.If Pakistani's are happy,means they like the way Pakistan is running at the moment.
October 5, 2012 10:54 pm
And the point is ? There is no socioeconomic comparison between the two countries. Pakistan should be compared with Somalia or Nigeria for fair comparison, thanks to our hereditary political mafia.
October 5, 2012 11:17 pm
pakistan reach semi-final most of the time we are used to it
October 5, 2012 10:48 pm
Take it with a pinch of salt buddy. And be HAPPY.
Abdul Aziz
October 4, 2012 7:24 am
No dear... Please dont take it in negative way. This is an inspiring news and work more to remove problems from our country. Be positive.
October 4, 2012 7:34 am
Happiness is a function of choices available....less choices, less stress, more happiness. It is also a function of what one know about how much progress is possible. Less one knows, happier that person is.
October 4, 2012 1:35 pm
Well, these fudal lords and family politics will not let us (My Pakistanis) remain happy if we let them continue to rule the country. We are happy because we still have some Iman in our heart.....yes Iman, however most of us lack practice when it comes to Islam. But same time, we all can talk like to Mufti when it is needed. So increase/keep your Iman and get rid of family you know.
October 4, 2012 7:02 am
i dont think so........many Pakistanis want to migrate to India for a peaceful, happy and better life.
Raheel Adnan
October 4, 2012 7:03 am
I don't think 'Happiness' is quantifiable. At times, surveys are mere game of numbers.
October 4, 2012 7:09 am
This is the true spirit of a Muslim and a Pakistani! Alhamdulillah! Pakistan Zindabad!
October 4, 2012 9:02 pm
They complain,Indian troll have taken a holiday,being sad,and loss of Cricket,you are proving them wrong on both score,you are funny.
October 4, 2012 1:03 pm
they are happy that they are still alive
October 5, 2012 6:17 am
Its not happier, Pakistani people are more complacent than India and America
Raj Paal
October 5, 2012 6:12 am
they have no option, thts
October 5, 2012 1:10 pm
LOL! Good One.
October 4, 2012 5:18 am
Very Good. There is no need for any change in Pakistan.
wasif mehmood qureshi
October 5, 2012 4:48 am
awesome news.its a best news of the week.and i admit this servery
October 5, 2012 4:20 am
We r happy as we played good cricket,even though we lost to our brother India.
October 4, 2012 3:55 pm
Well said G.A. Amazing answer. Also when they do it it is kosher but when we do it it is not. We also compared it with US because these are bench marks to have a feeling of progress.
October 5, 2012 3:54 am
Thanks for the warm words. Much appreciated. It is people like you who can bring the two nations closer.
October 4, 2012 8:13 am
hmm..what? Not possible!
October 5, 2012 5:49 am
Happy Pakistan, my foot --- continue living in fools' paradise
Raw is War
October 4, 2012 1:37 pm
happiness is from what you are satisfied with. Not with what you have.- Epicurus, Greek philosopher.
MAH, Abu Dhabi
October 4, 2012 8:06 am
Not very different from general observation ... Pakistanis do give more importance to personal relations, take less stress regardless and are quite resilient!
October 4, 2012 8:22 am
Give me break, I know things are not that great in USA and India but this comparison is totally wrong and laughable.
October 4, 2012 3:24 pm
dont get over excited Mr, GA, nations are built on ideologies, and we have one, that's Islam, that's Two Nation Theory.
October 4, 2012 3:25 pm
Ever wondered who conducted this survey on behalf of New Economics Foundation. The person is Samaah Abdullah--Read this about him from the NEF Website- " Saamah has been working at the Centre for Well-being since its foundation in 2006. He has worked extensively on the Happy Planet Index, and was lead author of the most recent report." He is the same gentleman,who had once stated that Somalia & Ethiopia are far more peace loving than Japan & Mongolia!!! Great research from a dubious NGO.
October 4, 2012 3:26 pm
i like that.
khan Usafzai
October 5, 2012 2:28 am
well guys life in USA and all these countries is quite stressed out ....its not easy as it seems from oceans apart .....Pakistan is not that bad , our country is just going through worst phase due to own faults mainly, which we should fight out ....
Dilip Baviskar
October 4, 2012 3:29 pm
yaar still pakistanis migrate to country called USA...which they do not like....
Sue Sturgess
October 4, 2012 1:23 pm
aha ... the old adage that "ignorance is bliss"!!
October 4, 2012 8:54 am
'IGNORANCE IS BLISS'.............
October 5, 2012 6:31 am
What planet do you come from?
October 4, 2012 2:39 pm
This has a lot to do with the spirituality, Pakistanis being more religious than the other nations, its about being 'grateful' to almighty. kind of a skewed analysis unless we know specifically how the questions were put to the people.
October 4, 2012 8:57 am
perhaps . .ignorance is bliss?
Morad 786
October 4, 2012 8:58 am
what rubbish: "The life expectancy and experienced wellbeing of Pakistan was found to be mediocre" According to what...I have just checked the HPI and Pakistan scored an Amber for Life Expectancy and Life Experience and a Green for Footprint. Its no different to others in our Region and norm for Developing countries... Its rather good despite all the issues Pak has (or atleast we are told they have).. I think we just get carried away and even write the positives re Pakistan with a Negative slant...a bit like Shouting at a child whilst saying sweet word! Pakistan is at 16 out of 151 countries.
p r sharma
October 4, 2012 8:58 am
Good news !!! Pakistanis are happier people This happiness increases further when they found that they are far ahead of USA and happiness. But it is strange that they themselves were not aware of their happiness. .
October 4, 2012 9:06 am
Amazing Pakistanis. Happy even worst times faced by country
October 4, 2012 6:03 pm
I see our neighbors don't have any witty comments coming this time...right GA. Perhaps the cricket season was not as hot as it should have been :)
October 5, 2012 6:33 am
It does sound like this.. Because Difaa-i- Pakistan is the only group that is proud of being Pakistani, the rest are suffering from inferiority complex.
Sue Sturgess
October 4, 2012 1:22 pm
Money does not bring happiness, but abject poverty definitely brings misery. Just ask a mother who cannot afford to feed her children!
p r sharma
October 4, 2012 9:10 am
Happiness is a state of mind.. one can be happy in abject poverty, in jungle or even isolated in the society whereas a very rich person may be most grieving in life. This depends on what one expect from his life and how much is he content with it..
October 4, 2012 9:19 am
yeah sure. they are unable to contain their happiness. its reflecting in the fireworks on display day in and day out. i wonder if thats what making them happy. sometimes, being less demanding is curse. and the ones who live by the book - dont know that the world has moved on.
October 4, 2012 9:27 am
It is amazing that people are happy inspite of all those bomb blasts, drones and target killings.
Sue Sturgess
October 4, 2012 1:18 pm
of which sport?
October 4, 2012 10:23 am
There is no tax to pay.There is no law.There are no mandatory requirements like insurance, driving license etc. Everybody must be happy as simple bribe is the solution to all problems.If you need electricity you can get it directly from pole using hook therefore everybody is happy.
Dr Mazhar
October 4, 2012 10:25 am
Happiness is nothing to do with material world, this is something metaphysical. Belief in God helps in keeping you happy. If you don't have money or big house or big car that doesn't mean you are unsuccessful person what matters is how happy are you. There is a formula to get happiness and that is keep yourself away from competition and jealousy.
October 4, 2012 11:56 pm
Haha.. You seem very happy. Should ship more from Birmingham back home to your happy country :D
Iftekhar Mahmood
October 4, 2012 10:34 am
Says who?
October 5, 2012 12:18 am
Simply put, it is called INFERIORITY COMPLEX !!!
October 5, 2012 12:16 am
I am a little confused. Happy about what?
October 4, 2012 11:27 pm
Bollywood facade...
October 4, 2012 4:10 pm
All assumptions no logic. Maybe that is why you cant find happiness.
October 4, 2012 4:12 pm
Morad-are you suggesting they should start grieving and forget about happiness they found and enjoy.
raja hindustani
October 5, 2012 7:35 am
This survey might have done on the day Pakistan reached T-20 world cup semi-final. :)
from Indian
October 4, 2012 4:17 pm
Amnesty , for one.
October 4, 2012 10:54 pm
LOL! Love GA's comments.
October 4, 2012 10:01 pm
Paranoids have no worries, so the happiness comes automatically.
October 4, 2012 9:37 pm
In jest,I said a lot,which I'm not sure what this happiness is about.One can be happy,it depends,on many factors.I guess,if you are reasonably free of illness,you have all your kids alive, if you are safe,whatever that means,if your meals are there,not even if you desire to eat or not,I guess one can be at peace and contended,happiness may be the wrong term.I did not say about spouse,well,it is very iffy,if all -------------.I will leave it there Nice day.Pakistan Zindabad,well done.
Pavas Ambashta
October 4, 2012 2:00 pm
Congratulations!! Very soon people from USA, India, China etc will start migrating to Pakistan..
October 4, 2012 9:23 pm
I know every little good about Pakistan hurts bad,but you got to live ,good with bad.Move on,they lost to Sri Lanka in Cricket,that ought to cheer you up!
October 5, 2012 4:18 pm
it is hard to believe but it could be true as whenever i have visited pakistan i found people mostly relaxed and worry free no mortgage,no big telephone bills,no car or other long paying loans,lots of roadside food stalls and restaurant to enjoy food,% wise fewer people alchoholic,no brothels,religion and religious teachings rule high,the desire to get ahead in life is not so obvious or intensive,sure i believe that pakistanis are a lot happier lots than most other people of the world.for the same reasons bangladesh and israel.
October 4, 2012 12:12 pm
this survey seems to be done by Difaa - E _ Pakistan Council ......
October 4, 2012 12:12 pm
Damn right we're happy. We're in the semi finals!
Muhammad Alvi
October 4, 2012 1:54 pm
I don't think so. I see people living a miserable life in Palistan. Get out of the fool's paradise and be real.
October 4, 2012 2:31 pm
LoL...reading Pakistani news and asking us to get our own life...Good job buddy!
October 4, 2012 5:33 pm
Beign happy means, no space for improvement. If you unhappy then you try to be happy by achiving your goals. I think Pakistan need to increase their satisfaction level, which make them unhappy
Gerry D'Cunha
October 4, 2012 11:00 am
Dr Mazhar, you are a star - what you mentioned is so much true - if people only follow this advice. Bless you.
s. arif
October 4, 2012 11:01 am
Yes this is the real picture of Pakistan
October 4, 2012 1:52 pm
I would say that we are in the semi-finals because we are a happy bunch ... we are neither sore losers nor bragging winners. Contentment is the key.
October 5, 2012 5:09 pm
fantastic news..please make sure you ll stay in yr own country
October 5, 2012 7:01 am
Congrates pakistan, you are happy country. and hope that don't take it as a
October 4, 2012 10:16 am
certain amount of foolishness is always required for happiness.
October 4, 2012 10:20 am
surveys done by west are as true as religious books ................accept them
October 4, 2012 11:39 am
Why do have to compare everything with India. Get some life of your own, U do have one.
October 4, 2012 3:17 pm
ALL IZZ WELL.........!!
October 4, 2012 5:15 pm
Are you still happy, Pakistan lost the semifinal
October 4, 2012 5:53 pm
Now the index is changed. Now Indians are happy as you lose Semi final :)))))
October 5, 2012 5:41 pm
After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other.
October 4, 2012 10:10 am
welcome to my country
Morad 786
October 4, 2012 9:51 am
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