WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT: Why Uganda is Ranked Happiest in E. Africa


By Aliker David martin

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worst than it is, and the future less resolved than it would be” –Marcel Pagnol (French Writer, producer and Film Director1895-1974)

The UN last week released the first ever World Happiness Report.

In the report, Uganda is ranked the happiest nation in East Africa. Uganda is placed at position 128 out of 156, and followed by Rwanda at 132 out of 156 countries.

Columbia University’s Earth Institute report considered factors like economic and social support, absence of corruption and degree of personal freedom.

According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) Uganda’s inflation rate slumped to 21.2 percent in March from a revised 25.7 percent in February 2012.

The Central Bank of Uganda ramped up its key lending rate to 23 percent last year after inflation soared on the back of high food and fuel prices.

Uganda’s unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent and that of the youth is at a whopping 32.2 percent while for those with degrees, it’s at 36 percent.

In 2007 Transparency International ranked Uganda 117th most corrupt country out of 178 countries in the world Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

The World Bank report (2005) estimated that Uganda loses $ 300m (510b shillings) through corruption and procurement malpractices.

Last week, the government banned a pressure group Activist for Change (A4C). A4C is campaigning for good governance and freedom in Uganda.

Having mentioned all these snapshots of happiness indicators in Uganda, the question is; with all this poor record, why are Ugandans the happiest nation in East Africa? Continue

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4 comments on “WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT: Why Uganda is Ranked Happiest in E. Africa

  1. Lindy Lee says:

    Attitude, along with attributes, also effects happiness.
    Thank you for being part of WordPress…

  2. granbee says:

    Aliker, so very wonderful of you to make such a clear case, with real life examples, of why happiness is a CHOICE, not a given handed to us! I really suspect that having so much less of material things of this world actually boosts the Ugandas ability to be happy by providing far fewer distractions from what is really important in life!

    • gethappy says:

      Absolutely, the essence of having so much of what you may not need brings the habit of wanting more hence unhappiness if you can’t find what you need easily or the stress of getting what you think you need yet you don’t necessarily need it.Most Ugandans who grew up with less are easily comfortable with less because they normally don’t expect much hence making them happier

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