With Mexico recording some dismal scores on various international measurements of progress, how come Mexican citizens are so happy?
The question asked yesterday by the newspaper Vanguardia was spurred by Mexico’s No. 2 placement on the Happy Planet Index, a measurement of “sustainable well-being” according to its creator.
Mexican citizens ranked second happiest after Costa Rica out of 140 countries.
Yet Mexico is also ranked among the world’s most corrupt, unhealthy and unjust, said Vanguardia writer Sandra Naal.
With regard to corruption and adherence to and respect for the law, Mexico placed 79th on the 2015 Rule of Law Index of the World Justice Project in a field of 102 countries.
On an index that rates the ability of police and other security providers to address internal security issues, its ranking was 118th out of 127 countries, keeping company with Honduras, Sierra Leone, Venezuela and Cameroon. The World Internal Security and Police Index measures the performance of police in terms of capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.
Another security-related measurement, described as the absence of violence or the fear of violence, is that of the Global Peace Index, which ranked Mexico 140th out of 163 countries in 2015, although the index did find a very slight improvement since the previous study.
However, the homicide rate, weapons crime and impunity were identified as problem areas.
On the health front, the phrase “fat and happy” could well be applied to Mexicans if one considers the Happy Planet Index result alongside obesity rates.
The country ranks No. 1 in the world for obesity among adults with more than 30% considered to be suffering from that ailment. More than 10 million are estimated to suffer from diabetes.
For economic inequality, Mexico is No. 1 among member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD also says Mexican workers put in far more hours.
The country’s average is 2,237 hours worked per year; the OECD average is 1,770.
Source: Vanguardia (sp)