As the world celebrates International Day of Happiness on Wednesday, March 20, a poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that despite economic and security challenges in Nigeria, Nigerians have continued to be happy.
Legit.ng gathers that NOIPolls' Personal Wellbeing Index (PWBI) Q4 2018 shows the level of satisfaction of Nigerians on various aspects of their lives.
NOIPolls said: "Overall there was a marginal decline in the PWBI of Nigerians to stand at 61.5-points from 62.89-points in Q3 of 2018. Nevertheless, it is worthy of note that amidst the low satisfaction of Nigerians on their economic situation and standard of living, some of the key factors which are pivotal in determining the level of happiness continue to remain above average as revealed by the poll.
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"These key components include Religion (88.37-points), Social Interaction (75.9-points), Physical Health (73.5-points) and Personal security (57.9-points).
"Thus, Nigerians have continued to be happy people despite the seeming economic, security and other social challenges they experience on a day to day basis.
"Furthermore, social interaction which provides an overall feeling of connectivity to society is one of the indices that Nigerians keep averaging high points in the PWBI findings.
"This contributes to the happiness of Nigerians alongside their personal health; without which isolation, decreased self-esteem and shorter lifespan may be prevalent.
"The findings on PWBI can be further corroborated by the World happiness index which ranks Nigeria 91 in 2018 moving four steps up from the previous ranking of 95 in 2017, in their global happiness ranking.
"The global body uses factors like GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption in order to rank countries."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a report by Brookings Institution showed that Nigeria took over from India as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people.
India previously held the position with a population of 1.324 billion as against Nigeria's 200 million.
The report indicated that the number of Nigerians in extreme poverty increases by six people every minute.
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