Philippines Ranks Second in Southeast Asia for Happiness

World Happiness

The pursuit of happiness is a universal aspiration that transcends borders and cultures. In the latest edition of the World Happiness Report, the Philippines has emerged as the second happiest country in Southeast Asia, offering valuable insights into the subjective well-being of its citizens. Let’s delve deeper into the findings of this comprehensive study and explore what factors contribute to the country’s happiness quotient. Here are some details according to The Philippine Star.

The World Happiness Report

Published annually by the University of Oxford’s Wellbeing Research Center in the United Kingdom, the World Happiness Report is a seminal publication that assesses the happiness levels of nations across the globe. This report, in partnership with Gallup and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, utilizes data from the Gallup World Poll. It provides valuable insights into global happiness trends and factors influencing happiness levels worldwide.

Out of 143 nations surveyed, the Philippines has made significant strides, securing the 53rd position in the latest report. This marks a noteworthy improvement from its 76th ranking in the previous year, reflecting a positive trajectory in the country’s overall happiness index.

World Happiness

Factors Contributing to Happiness

Several factors contribute to the Philippines’ high happiness ranking. One notable aspect is the resilience and positivity exhibited by its people, even in the face of adversities such as the COVID-19 pandemic and socio-economic challenges. The strong sense of community, familial bonds, and cultural values of bayanihan (community spirit) play a pivotal role in fostering happiness and well-being among Filipinos.

In the Southeast Asian region, Singapore emerged as the leader, securing the 30th spot globally. However, the Philippines’ second-place ranking underscores its position as one of the happiest countries in the region. Globally, Finland retained its top position for the seventh consecutive year, followed closely by Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Israel.

Despite the overall positive findings, the report also highlights a concerning trend of increasing global happiness inequality. Across all regions and age groups, happiness inequality has surged by over 20 percent in the past twelve years. This underscores the need for targeted interventions to address disparities in well-being.


The World Happiness Report serves as a valuable tool for policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers, offering valuable insights into the complex dynamics of happiness and well-being. As the Philippines continues its journey towards greater prosperity and development, understanding the factors that contribute to happiness remains essential. By fostering a culture of inclusivity, empathy, and social cohesion, the nation can enhance the happiness and well-being of its people. This paves the way for a brighter and more fulfilling future.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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