By Sophie Lewis

19th March 2021 / 11:23 a.m.
/ CBS News

Finland has once again defended its coveted title as the happiest country in the world, making it the fourth year in a row that the Nordic nation has topped, even amid a pandemic that has rocked the world

Despite the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all walks of life, many of the most fortunate countries in terms of general happiness stayed high on the list the day before, according to the 2021 World Happiness Report released on Friday International day of happiness

The report focuses primarily on the relationship between wellbeing and pandemic, which made it especially difficult to gather answers from around the world. The editors note that in addition to the pandemic’s terrible toll of 2,000,000 deaths worldwide, people at the around the world are also faced with greater economic uncertainty, anxiety, stress, mental and physical health challenges, and a general disruption of all aspects of daily life

“This year’s Happiness Report faced a unique challenge of understanding what impact the pandemic had on subjective well-being and vice versa,” reads a statement from the organization behind the report, “Of all the factors that normally do that Supporting happiness, people’s trust in one another and trust in their governments were key in explaining COVID-19 death rates “

This trust is one of the main reasons Finland continues to be the No. 1 remains 1

“Surprisingly, on average, there has been no decline in well-being, as measured by people’s own assessment of their lives,” said editor John Helliwell. “One possible explanation is that people view COVID-19 as a common external threat, which affects everyone and that this has led to a greater sense of solidarity and compassion “

Finland is the happiest country in the world for the fourth time in a row, according to World @HappinessRpt

The report addressed a key question that separates America and Europe from East Asia, Australia and Africa: “Why the different COVID-19 death rates around the world?”

Some of the factors that can explain this variation are the age of the population, whether the country is an island, and proximity to other countries with high infection rates.Cultural differences also played a crucial role, including trust in public institutions, des historical knowledge of past epidemics, income inequality, whether the nation’s leader is a woman, and even whether lost wallets in the community are likely to be returned

The report stressed that pandemic policies can be equally effective when citizens are compliant, as is the case in East Asia, or more freedom-oriented as in Australia and New Zealand The evidence showed that morale improves when governments act

“The East Asian experience shows that strict government guidelines not only effectively control Covid-19, but also cushion the negative effects of daily infections on people’s happiness,” said editor Shun Wang

As the main victim of the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, mental health was also a key factor.For example, researchers found that overall mental health problems in the U were 47% higher in May 2020, a few months after the pandemic

“The 2021 World Happiness Report reminds us that we need to be aiming for wellbeing rather than mere prosperity, which will indeed be fleeting unless we are much better at tackling the challenges of sustainable development,” said the Co – Report editor Jeffrey Sachs

As expected, the pandemic also had a large impact on workplace wellbeing, another measure of overall happiness Job loss during the pandemic was linked to a 12% decrease in life satisfaction, according to the report also predicts the shift to remote work is likely to continue

“Remarkably, we find that among people who stopped work because of vacation or dismissal, the impact on life satisfaction was 40% more severe for those who initially felt lonely,” said editor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve “Our report also points to a ‘hybrid’ future of work, balancing office life and working from home to maintain social connections while ensuring flexibility for workers, both of whom are key drivers for the Emphasize well-being in the workplace “

First published on 19 March 2021 / 11:23 a.m.

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Sophie Lewis is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News with a focus on space and climate change

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