It is not all doom and gloom after all as Ghana came third in the rankings of happiest countries in Africa. The 2021 World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. The measurement of subjective well-being relies on three main indicators: life evaluations, positive emotions, and negative emotions.

Mauritius was ranked the happiest country in Africa, according to the Report for 2021. This island nation scored 6.02 points on a scale from 0 to 10 and ranked 44th among 95 countries globally, followed by Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia, and Morocco with 5.5, 5.32, 5.26, 5.24, 4.95, 4.84 and 4.8 respectively. Worldwide, Finland is considered the happiest country.

Scandinavia firmly held on to the top 3 of the World Happiness Report in 2021. Finland, Iceland, and Denmark were named as the world’s three happiest countries in the study that is based on surveys by Gallup as well as developmental indicators.

Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, happiness scores did not change majorly around the world in 2020.