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In the context of the World Happiness Report 2024, what criteria are used to measure happiness? Should India consider establishing its own happiness index? Examine.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1.  In the context of the World Happiness Report 2024, what criteria are used to measure happiness? Should India consider establishing its own happiness index? Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Live Mint

Why the question:

The World Happiness Report for 2024 ranks Finns the happiest, with India at No. 126. Perhaps we need a more people-centric approach that results in a more even distribution of economic gains.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the criteria of Happiness measurement and need for India to have its own index.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, write about the factors that measures happiness of the people – GDP per head, social support, life expectancy and freedom, apart from levels of generosity and corruption etc.

Next, write about the need of a happiness index in the country and advantages it will bring.

Next, write about the bottlenecks and issues associated with such an index in India.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.