THE Fifth World Happiness Report 2017 was released on March 20 by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
Malaysia ranked 42nd in the World Happiness Index out of 155 countries. We could have fared better with some adjustments to our policies.
SDSN director Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who is also the head of Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development that is financed by a US$10-million (RM44 million) grant from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and housed at Sunway University in Malaysia, recommended that nations emulate the United Arab Emirates in appointing a minister of happiness.
Do we need a minister of happiness? Since happiness is what we all seek in life, why not give it priority by formulating policies and practices to improve wellbeing and quality of life?
What is the point of pursuing economic growth per se if the majority of people are not happy? Of course, we can appoint the prime minister as our minister of happiness as well. But we need more comprehensive policies that are implemented well to ensure that the low-income group is happy.
Hence, I think Malaysia should appoint a minister of happiness.
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
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Malaysia ranked 42nd out of 155 countries in the World Happiness Index .