Word For You
21 March 2021
The World Happiness Report for 2021 was released this week, timed to coincide with the UN's annual International Day of Happiness on March 20. The report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations and has been published annually since the launch of the first edition in 2012. Finland came top of the list as the happiest country in the world, with Denmark coming in second, followed by Switzerland.
At an unprecedented time as the pandemic the world is facing one might ask what is there to be happy about? Also, for a number of years Nigeria led that list, an unlikely country given the challenge that country has been through, sparking a debate as to what makes a happy people.
The survey looks at the state of global happiness in 156 countries, ranking countries using the Gallup World Poll and six factors: levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom and corruption income.
Not a coincidence, the theme of the month of March is Rejoice, for the Lord shall do a new thing (Isaiah 43:19, Joel.2:23, 2Cor. 5:17). It gets more interesting, this is Lent the six weeks period leading up to Easter, about the most important period of the year for Christians around the world. Easter is a reminder that Christ died to redeem us and bring us salvation.
The Bible tells us that we are sojourners on earth and are here only for a short time before we head for eternity. So, whatever we have to forbear on earth, we should keep our gaze on the hope that the cross has presented us. That hope will propel us and give us joy irrespective of what we face. David faced a lot of vicissitudes and lamented severally, throughout Psalms, to God about his condition, but he also often described himself as one with joy! The secret lay in his knowledge of God and the hope of eternity.
When we are joyful we are kinder and more loving to others. We are also the better for our health – physical and mental and in that state are also better suited for works of excellence that we are called to.
From: Evong Evong