Costa Rica has been declared the happiest country in the planet earth. It has topped the HPI chart (Happy Planet Index). Nepal is standing at 37 with the HPI score of 51.6. Interesting enough, large and developed countries like USA and UK are found at the bottom of the chart (USA at 114 and UK at 74). In the indexer’s words “The Happy Planet Index reveals the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered. The index combines environmental impact with human well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives.” Like one of my friends comment, I think what it essential means is the index of ‘living in harmony’.
At the philosophical side (if you hate philosophy you can safely skip this paragraph ), I have been thinking for a while – that ultimately the essence of the goal of life is the happiness. People may believe in different routes to reach that state. Some may find it in wealth and power and others would see it in the intellectual attainments. Some may find it in the religious devotion and others may take the path of self realization. Some would find happiness staying at the ‘giving end’ while others would enjoy the ‘receiving end’. Some finds happiness solving the problems while others find happiness just by ignoring them. Whatever the way it is, the attained happiness is priceless. Happiness in a lavish lifestyle is in no way superior to the happiness farmers find with their successful crops. There are different believes, ideologies, ethics and standards whose job is to define which paths to happiness are right and which are wrong but still they are all dealing with the ultimate goal of life which is to be happy. There should have been a God of Happiness. Just a thought.
With all this in mind I recalled the feelings I had last month when I was in my remote village Majuwa at Bhojpur. No road, no electricity, my village is really deprived by the Nation’s development process. But in the other side, I met many more happy people there than I usually meet in the cities. Genuinely happy people.The trepidation of the current recession cannot even touch them. This is a place where even a 10Rs bill can bring a pouring happiness.
Let me share some happiness straight from my village