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Happiness in Pakistan: A detailed analysis of past and present with special emphasis on cross-sectional analysis


Across the globe in today’s age, it is widely acknowledged that happiness is a multifaceted notion and covers all aspects of human life such as social, demographic, economic, cultural and environmental factors. With this report, Gallup Pakistan intends to highlight the factors that determine happiness within Pakistan as understood by public opinion.

The main findings of the report are as follows:

  • Happiness in General:
    Over 3 In 4 Pakistanis (75%) say they are mostly happy; women and richer people generally more happy
  • Happiness with life:​​Nearly 4 in 5 (75%) Pakistanis claim that they are happy with their lives, only 1 in 10 (9%) claim to be unhappy with their life
  • Happiness with work: Over 7 in 10 (74%) Pakistanis say they are happy with their job; only 1 in 10 (11%) claim to be unhappy with their job 2 in 3 (66%) Pakistanis say they are happy with their income, nearly 1 in 5 (17%) report unhappiness with their remuneration
  • Happiness with relationships: In 2012, over 3 in 5 (61%) Pakistanis claimed that they were happy about their relationship with others in their life
  • Happiness with health:                                                                                         In 2012, nearly 6 in 10 (59%) Pakistanis stated associating happiness with their health
  • Happiness with law and order in Pakistan:In 2012, 1 in 2 Pakistanis expressed unhappiness over the law and order situation prevailing in the country
  • Pakistan and the World: The World Happiness Report terms Pakistan ‘a happy nation’, ranking at 67th position as Pakistan achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 31.5 and ranks 36th of all the countries analyzed. Pakistan ranked higher than all its neighboring countries. India ranks at 140, China at 93, Iran at 117, Iraq at 126 and Afghanistan at 154 while Bangladesh ranked 125th in the World Happiness Report 2019.