Will State of Happiness Assure Global Peace?

Keywords: World Happiness Index, Global Peace Index, World Happiness Report


This research sought to determine the commonalities between countries with high levels of of happiness but low global state of peace. The values used were from published indices, namely, State of Global Happiness and Global Peace Index. These were analysed using nominal logistic regression in order to find the relationship between these variables. The general trend is that happy countries are peaceful countries. However, several countries did not fit this finding, namely: Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Bahrain, Russia, Libya, Philippines, Turkey and Pakistan. Indicators used in the State of Global Happiness and Global Peace Index were further analysed. Findings suggest that individuals in these countries have strong social support that enables them to consider themselves happy despite the low state of peace in their respective countries, the factors of which vary from region to region and country to country.

Author Biographies

Sales Aribe Jr., Bukidnon State University
Chairperson, IT Department
Joan Marie Panes, Bukidnon State University
Instructor, IT Department


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