They say, ”smile, you never know who is watching” This is exactly what many Kenyans have perfected and the end result finally came with a price.
According to World Happiness study by World Happiness Council, Kenya is ranked at position 121 out of 156 countries assessed. It was also ranked the happiest people nation in East Africa,
Uganda comes second at position 136, as Rwanda and Tanzania trail at 153 and 154 respectively.
The council has been mandated by the United Nations to carry out yearly assessment of how citizens feel about the state of affairs in their respective countries.
However, it was a ‘Dark’ and sad result for the war ton Nation of South Sudan Ravaged by civil wars an hunger as it was ranked the saddest Nation of all the time in the world replacing Burundi which initially held position 156.
Despite the oil business giving the youngest country in the continent hope; frequent political instability seems to have influenced the results making it the most awful country to live in.
Libyans are the happiest leading other Africans but ranked at position 72 globally. Despite the nagging problem of Boko Haram militia carrying out attacks in its northern frontier, Nigeria comes second in African continent and at position 85.
Algeria which is on power transition closes the bracket of the list of top three happy countries in Africa though at position 88 globally.
Finland was yet again ranked as the happiest nation in the world for the second year running.
How the rankings is done
Based on the UN study, people’s emotions can be gauged based on six parameters. In the case of this study, they include country’s GDP, social support, health life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceptions of corruptions and dystopia-a dictatorial government.
Kenya, which is regarded as East Africa’s economic powerhouse, has climbed three places from position 124 in 2017 to 121 in 2018.