The Happiness Index (GNH) of South Africa drops to unknown lows (COVID-19 national disaster), with fear being prominent
Date: Mar 17, 2020 | News
The Happiness Index (Gross National Happiness) of South Africa, after a brief unexpected spike, when the first COVID-19 victim was announced on 6 March (see green arrow on graph), dropped below averages from Tuesday 10 March. The Happiness Index remained below averages, with a significant decrease on Sunday 15 March to 5.87 (see blue arrow on graph), after President Ramaphosa announced COVID-19 a national disaster. In his announcement he imposed, among other, severe travel restrictions, limited social gatherings and the closing of schools.
These are the findings of Prof Talita Greyling (University of Johannesburg) and Dr Stephanie Rossouw (Auckland University of Technology) who in collaboration with Afstereo launched South Africa’s Happiness Index in April 2019. The Happiness Index measures the sentiment levels of South Africans on a scale from zero L to 10 J, with 5 being neutral (neither happy or unhappy).
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