Indians — The Happiest People in the World

NEW YORK (April 3, 2011) — An international survey, conducted simultaneously in 140 countries on April 2, has found that Indians are the happiest people in the world -– with no other country even coming close.

Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island, under the guidance of Professor Michael Tibbs, called Happy Indians 100 people in each country at random to determine their level of happiness.

“We were amazed by the results,” Tibbs said. “We asked people to rate their level of happiness from 1 to 10. Out of 100 Indians, 98 said ‘10’, one said ‘11’ and the other said ‘I’m so happy, I could die.’”

What’s most remarkable, he said, is that Indians ranked 12th in the world in a 2010 survey, with an average level of happiness of 7.43.

“Though we asked several probing questions, we weren’t able to determine how Indians suddenly became the happiest people in the world,” Tibbs said. “The economy hasn’t improved that much in one year and, as far as we can tell, the price of rice hasn’t dropped.”

Tibbs said his researchers gathered a few unusual answers to their questions. Asked about the importance of religion in determining happiness, one man said, “I finally believe in God,” and another said, “Dhoni is our savior!”

Asked if they have close relationships with family and friends, one woman said, “Yes –- and I can’t stop hugging them,” while a man said, “I kissed my friends so much, my wife suspects that I’m gay.”

Tibbs said that Indians have very positive attitudes about life. While people in other parts of the world were likely to describe life as “okay” and “not bad,” Indians were likely to describe it as “too good to be true” and “better than in 1983.”

“Something has changed in India,” Tibbs said, “and as soon as we get some more funding, we’ll conduct another survey to determine exactly what that is.”

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If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

Comments

  1. It seems to me that this days, sports are the only one that can really make people happy.

  2. It’s a good attitude… maybe we’re finally No 1 in something other than longest moustache and nails.

  3. Now a days the problems seems to be rising in everybody’s life , so if any good news breeze comes it makes everybody happy.

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