What do you consider to be the measure for happiness? What really makes people happy?
The fact remains that Happiness is based on individuals’ definitions.
So many academic researches have been carried out to give the basis for happiness but every report led to more complications in defining happiness.
The poor believe that money brings happiness while the rich are of the opinion that money can not buy happiness. This means that different conditions make people view happiness differently.
In general terms, Happiness is based on a number of factors. These factors included one’s financial security, perceptions of social support, feelings of personal freedom, and much more.
How is Happiness Measured in Africa?
In this report, Happiness in Africa is measured based on different factors which are:
Freedom to make life choices
GDP per capita
Perceptions of corruption
Positive and negative affects
This report also considers the impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives.
According to Mapped Global Happiness Levels in 2022, Africa ranks the unhappiest region worldwide. This report also revealed that Zimbabwe is the unhappiest country in the region.
The country has been embattled with a high level of poverty. In 2021, about 6.1 million Zimbabweans were living below the international poverty line.
The same report also indicated that Mauritius is the happiest country in the region. This is most likely based on the high levels of income to which most citizens have access.
In July 2020, Mauritius became a High-Income country but went down the ladder and became an Upper-Middle-Income country in 2021 due to the impact of the global pandemic.
After three years, Africa, just like other parts of the world, is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had its toll on health, social, economic and all spheres of life.
No one is sure about when things will return to normal but African countries are tirelessly adjusting to the new normal and using that to develop their country, They are not there yet but seems to be working towards it –signs of recovery.
Here is Africa's map of happiness: