A recent study by Rajesh K Pillania, Professor of Strategy at Gurugram’s Management Development Institute reported that Mizoram has been declared the happiest state in India.
The Mizoram Happiness Index is based on six parameters, including family relationships, work-related problems, social problems, philanthropy, religion, the effect of COVID-19 on happiness and physical health, and mental.
According to the study, Mizoram, the second state in India with 100% literacy, has a distinctive social structure that contributes significantly to the happiness of its youth population.
The happiness index of Mizoram is based on six parameters, which include family dynamics, professional concerns, societal matters and philanthropy, religious beliefs, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on happiness, and both physical and mental well-being.
What makes Mizoram a ‘happy state’?
According to the report, the youth of the Mizo community, regardless of gender, tend to strive for financial independence from an early age and see no task as too small. The state has a very low incidence of gender discrimination, despite having a high prevalence of broken families.
The presence of numerous peers in similar situations, working mothers, and early financial independence has resulted in children not feeling disadvantaged.
The social structure of Mizoram also plays a significant role in the happiness of its youth, as per the report. Sister Lalrinmawii Khiangte, a teacher at Eben-ezer Boarding School, a private school in the state, stated that the upbringing in a casteless society with minimal parental pressure for studies adds to the happiness of the youth.
The report further states that every child in the Mizo community, regardless of gender, starts earning at an early age, and no task is considered too small. Typically, youths find employment around the age of 16 or 17, which is encouraged, and there is no discrimination between children.
The report highlights that at the high school level in Mizoram, teachers regularly meet with students and their parents to address any issues they may be facing. This creates an environment where children feel comfortable discussing their problems with their teachers and parents.
The state of Mizoram has a high number of broken families, but the report suggests that having peers who are facing similar situations, along with working mothers and early financial independence, means children are not left feeling deprived.
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