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Don't worry, be happy now

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By Park Moo-jong

When it comes to happiness, many Koreans may call to mind the famous ad copy: "Happiness does not come from grades."

The well-known saying might be a consolation for people who did poorly at school and did not show a good work performance.

But the reality is not that simple. Many of them still think they are unhappy, saying grades do work.

The latest survey by a state-run institute found that one in five Koreans is unhappy. They believe they are less happy than the national average, their present situation is not any better than the past and it won't improve in the future, either.

The United Nations World Happiness Report 2018 unfortunately supports the survey result: South Korea ranked 57th among 156 countries, and 32nd among the 34 OECD member nations.

Finland is top of the world for happiness, according to the U.N. report, followed by Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Nordic countries take four out of the five top spots and are well known to be stable, safe and socially progressive with very little corruption. The police and politicians are trusted, clearly proving why South Korea is placed almost at the bottom.

Our police have already lost the public's confidence and politicians are even blamed as "necessary evils" for their signature pursuit........

© The Korea Times