Philippines Beats China In Happiness

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By Panos Mourdoukoutas/forbes.com – Filipinos are happier than Chinese. That’s according to the recently published 2019 World Happiness Report, which ranks Philippines in the 69th position, and China in the 93trd position.

The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by combining quantitative data, such as per capita GDP growth; and qualitative data, such as social support, freedom to make life choices, and perceptions of corruption.

Philippines’s climb in the happiness rankings is consistent with a Gallup survey, which finds an increase in the percentage of Filipinos who consider their life positive enough to rate it as “thriving” in recent years.

Specifically, 28% of Filipinos consider themselves thriving in 2017 compared to 26% in 2016, pushing the Philippines up one notch in the ranking of the Asian-Pacific countries, as was discussed in a previous piece here.

Philippines’ big edge in the happiness ranking over China may come as a surprise to some emerging market observers. China is the world’s second largest economy, with a per capita GDP close to four times that of the Philippines; and a major investor in the Philippines infrastructure projects.

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