Norway is No. 1 and the United States ranks 12th.
In Southeast Asia, Singapore ranks 19th; Taiwan, 20th; Vietnam, 53rd, Thailand, 56th; Indonesia, 63rd. How ironic that Vietnam, which suffered decades of civil war and whose economy is practically just starting to grow, beat the Philippines by 14 points. * * *
The criteria for the citizenry’s happiness index are economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety and security. You will notice that the happiness index of a citizenry is based on the country’s wealth and its people’s well-being. If Norway is the happiest, the Central African Republic (CAR), a landlocked country of five million people, is the saddest. Only two percent of the population have Internet access in that part of the world. * * *
Most foreigners who visit the country notice a ready smile among Filipinos. But behind that smiling face is a very negative interior. The negative disposition of the Filipino shows in the words that come out of his mouth. Such statements like “mahirap ang buhay (life is hard),” “mahal ng Diyos ang mahihirap (God loves the poor),” “nakakatamad ang araw na ito (this is a lazy day)” are self-fulfilling prophecies. What’s so noble about poverty that the Almighty favors it? * * *
The poor Filipinos who have a negative disposition remain mired in poverty because their minds dictate their situation. Rich people the world over become richer because their focus is on acquiring more wealth. Whatever the mind conceives, the body achieves, according to “The Secret,” a book on self-development by Rhonda Byrne. If only Filipinos change their negative attitude, our country will become progressive in no time. Instead of saying, “Mahirap ang bansa natin (Our country is poor),” why don’t we say, “Mayaman ang ating bansa (We are a rich country).” Our country is rich in natural resources. Our seas abound with fish...