As if we weren’t already aware of this, there’s now official word that Trinidad and Tobago is one of the happiest countries in the world.
Ranking at #43 on a list that highlighted 157 countries, carnival mecca, Trinidad and Tobago is the only Caricom country, after Suriname (ranked 42nd) to make it to the top 50.
But which country’s people are really the happiest in the world? Denmark came out on top, knocking top ranker Switzerland to #2. Burundi came in dead last right after Syria.
The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live. The United States, surprisingly didn’t even make the top 10, coming in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and China at 83.
Wondering how they came up with the results? Well, surveys of 1000 people in each country were distributed to evaluate their lives on a ladder scale of zero to 10. The researchers defined six key categories: gross domestic product per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, personal freedom, charitable giving and perceived corruption.
Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland, like Denmark all have strong social security systems and happened to make the top five. Which attributes do you think contributed to Trinidad and Tobago ranking in the top 50?
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Koffee Leads The Way. Jamaica’s New Heroine Tells Fox News She Wants to Impact The World Positively.
Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson is on a path of positivity. Koffee, her stage sobriquet, acquired and maintained since her High School days- the young, legend in the making who has reggae music’s Protoje and Chronixx as mentors, is bent on making a difference, with her God given talent.
Like her predecessor, Bob Marley, the young artiste who now has her own seven-piece band called The Raggamuffins, has soared to international acclamation in little to no time. Her breakthrough in 2017 was all she needed to essentially soar. The Apple iTunes ‘Up Next’ featured artist recently said, “I want to inspire the youth. I know I want to make a change and that’s something I stay focused on.” She says she sees herself as a tool that will be used for the continuation of reggae music and the Jamaican cultural legacy.
As Jaron Nurse Celebrates 2 Million You Tube Views, Steff London Did This:
For weeks, perhaps months… or maybe, even more than we even realize, the world’s been paying very close attention to global trends, trends that have taken many on a downward spiral of darkness in most cases. We’ve seen videos and photos across social media, of murders and sad outcries of family members, friends and hopeful leaders, but truth be told, the world’s chaotic scenes perpetrated across borders and plains, truly appears no where close to completion.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Jaron Nurse, a beacon of hope in a twin isle that’s been plagued by gang warfare and senseless crime, is but one person. ‘Fed Up’ is an anthem, a song that while masked with rhythmic similes that engage the youth, is truly, just one song amid countless others that preach the opposite. Two million views on YouTube, while a beautiful accomplishment for the young entertainer, is but a drop in the bucket- a far cry from what many argue, is needed, to bring Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the world, to a peaceful place of love and harmony, again.