Study Finds People's , Happiness Not Impacted , By COVID Pandemic.
A new study suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted people's overall happiness.
'The Guardian' reports that these conclusions were reached despite putting entire nations on lockdown, triggering an economic downturn and claiming 6.7 million lives.
The study, through over 100,000 interviews across 137 countries, found that overall benevolence rose in all global regions.
Similarly, when asked to rate their lives on a scale of one to ten, people responded with scores equally as high as before the pandemic.
The undoubted pains were offset by increases in the extent to which respondents had been able to discover and share the capacity to care for each other in difficult times, 10th World Happiness Report, via 'The Guardian'.
The World Happiness Report was compiled by Richard Layard, a London School of Economics professor, and Jeffrey Sachs, a professor at Columbia University.
People ended up discovering their neighbors.
People were checking in more regularly [with other generations] so that sense of isolation was not as much as you would expect … , John Helliwell, Professor of economics at the University of British Columbia and co-editor, via 'The Guardian'.
Even during these difficult years, positive emotions have remained twice as prevalent as negative ones, and feelings of positive social support twice as strong as those of loneliness, John Helliwell, Professor of economics at the University of British Columbia and co-editor, via 'The Guardian'.
According to the report, the largest happiness gaps were found to be in the African countries of Liberia, the Republic of the Congo and Mozambique.
We need to turn this wisdom into practical results to achieve more peace, prosperity, trust, civility – and yes, happiness – in our societies, Jeffrey Sachs, Professor at Columbia University and co-author, via 'The Guardian'