EP18 What Is Happiness?
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"First on air 3 July 2021"

The World Happiness Report of 2021 ranks Finland as the happiest country in the world. Nine of the top 10 happiest countries in this report are all in Europe. New Zealand, which ranks No. 9, is the only country among the top 10 that is not located in Europe. The report bases its happiness ranking on three indicators – life evaluations, positive emotions and negative emotions. For life evaluations, the data comes from survey by the Gallup World Poll, which asks respondents to evaluate their own current life. The survey ranks people’s well-being based on six factors - income, health, someone to count on, freedom, generosity and trust. It can be seen from this survey that economic status and social security considerably contribute to a person’s happiness. This episode looks at happiness in a more micro level – psychologically and philosophically, by talking to Dr. Patanon Kwansanit, a psychiatrist at Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry under Department of Mental Health, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, and Prof. Dr. Soraj Hongladarom from Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.