Are we living in a healthy and peaceful environment? Feeling safe on the streets? Having the opportunity to build a family? Given a choice, we would all like everything, but unfortunately, this is still not the case in real society. However, each of us has a definite scale of values, which helps us in our life choices.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes the Better Life Index every year, which defines what is, for each country, the first source of happiness.
We are all different, with different thoughts and emotions; this is also what life is worth living for. Let’s find out together what other countries around the world think.
The satisfaction of feeling happy and fulfilled with your life is the most important thing for most Western cases, such as Italy and the United States and about 15 European countries, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as India, Cuba and Peru.
Security also depends greatly on the political party in office. Countries prioritizing safety include Honduras, Venezuela, Mongolia, Ivory Coast, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan.
It is said that when there is health, there is everything. For many countries, this is the first requirement for happiness, e.g., Canada, Jamaica, France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Russia and China.
Unfortunately, very few countries put the environment first on their priority list. In this regard, the “only” virtuous ones are Slovenia and Georgia (Europe) and Papua New Guinea (Oceania).
Haiti and Zimbabwe are the only two countries in the world where the priority is living with a strong sense of community. Unfortunately, this is something that is being lost in the modern world.
Fortunately, work is slowly coming down the list of priorities in the modern world. The importance of other things is being rediscovered, especially after the pandemic, and that is only a good thing. Moldova, Qatar and Lesotho are the only three countries in the world where having a fulfilling job is the most important thing in life.
Family is also a value that is increasingly fragmenting. Only in Guyana and Sri Lanka is this value still ranked first.
In many Central and South American countries, education is the most important thing to be happy. For example, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia think so. But also in Africa, with Morocco, Egypt, or in Asia, with Pakistan and Indonesia.
Does money not make for happiness? In short, one might disagree, but not in many countries is personal wealth put first, for example, in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, and Nepal. The only countries that consider wealth the cornerstone of happiness in Europe are Ukraine and Albania.