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Topic Reading-Vol.2904-3/24/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/03/24 Topic Reading-Vol.2904-3/24/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

During a pandemic, what does being the world’s happiest country mean?

What makes people happy varies widely by the people, culture, beliefs, political system, freedom, equality, safety, economy, income distribution, tax system, and environment, only to name a few. Set at the UN general assembly in 2012, March 20 is World’s Happiness Day, which is intended to draw international attention to happiness as a measurement of well-being. Each year, over 150 countries are ranked based on six variables to support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity. Northern European countries like Finland, Denmark, Norway are ranked high every year while African and some Asian countries are seen as the least happy states, such as Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Yemen.

But when the world is under COVID-19 pandemic, is such happiness index valid? People in many places will be facing social distancing, isolation, shelter life, business shutdown, and even quarantine. What then will make people happier under the present and future circumstances? It seems that mindset like trust, pride and willingness to help each other plays an important role to overcome this extraordinary situation.

Enjoy reading the article and think how you are going to manage yourself and your family under the crisis.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-happiest-country-wellness-2020/index.html

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