The 2022 World Happiness Report ranked the Philippines as the second happiest country in Southeast Asia.
The country was ranked 60th out of 146, a slight improvement from 61st last year. This year, the Philippines received a score of 5.904.
As per a report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Singapore ranked 27th among Southeast Asian countries, with a score of 6.480.
Thailand (61st), Malaysia (70th), Vietnam (77th), Indonesia (87th), Laos (95th), Cambodia (114th), and Myanmar are also on the list (126th). Brunei, which is also a member of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was not included.
According tto the report, “the most remarkable change seen during COVID-19 has been the global upsurge in benevolence in 2021. This benevolence has provided notable support for the life evaluations of givers, receivers, and observers, who have been gratified to see their community’s readiness to reach out to help each other in times of need.”
Happiness’s future will be determined by the pandemic situation and the scale of military conflict, it added. “In every global region, there have been large increases in the proportion of people who give money to charity, help strangers, and do voluntary work in every global region.”
Finland is the happiest country in the world for the fifth year in a row, with a score of 7.821. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the rankings, with a score of 2.404.
Happiness is measured in the World Happiness Reports “based on life evaluations as the more stable measure of the quality of people’s lives.”
Each country’s happiness can also be explained by factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, personal freedom, and perceptions of corruption.