India has been ranked 9th on the happiness index among 28 global markets, according to a survey.
Personal safety and security, friends, and feeling in control of life were other top determinants for Indians to stay happy, said the "Global Happiness Survey" from market research firm Ipsos.
"For Indians, it boils down to comfortable living conditions, robust health, good financial conditions, friends and social circle and to have a purpose in life. Hobbies and interests are important too," said Parijat Chakraborty, Country Service Line Leader, Public Affairs and Corporate Reputation, Ipsos India.
Australia and Canada tied at the top spot (at 86 percent) and emerged as the happiest nations of the world, followed by China (83 percent), Great Britain (82 percent), France (80 percent), the US (79 percent), Saudi Arabia and Germany at (78 percent), and India at ninth spot with 77 per cent.
Argentina (34 percent), Spain (46 percent) and Russia (47 percent) emerged at the bottom of the heap, among the 28 markets.
Notably, happiness levels receded in 2019. For India, there has been a six percent drop (from 83 percent in 2018 to 77 percent in 2019).