A recent study conducted by Professor Rajesh K Pillania from the Management Development Institute in Gurugram has named Mizoram as the happiest state in India. The report highlighted that Mizoram achieved a perfect score of 100% in the happiness index, alongside Kerala.
The study examined six parameters to measure the happiness level, including family and relationships, work-related issues, social issues and philanthropy, religion, COVID-19’s effect on happiness, and physical and mental health. It concluded that Mizoram’s social structure, where no task is considered too small and youths typically find employment at a young age, contributes significantly to the state’s overall happiness.
Despite a high number of broken families, the study noted that Mizoram’s children are not left bereft. Working mothers, financial independence from an early age, and many peers in similar situations mean that the children do not suffer from being in an unhealthy setting. The report further stated that the youth of Mizoram are brought up in a casteless society, where there is no discrimination between girls and boys, and parental pressure for studies is less.
The report cited the example of a student from the Government Mizo High School in Aizawl, who has faced many difficulties since his father abandoned his family when he was young. However, despite these challenges, the student remains optimistic and excels in his studies. He hopes to become a chartered accountant or appear for civil services exams if his first choice does not work out.
Sister Lalrinmawii Khiangte, a teacher at the Eben-ezer Boarding School, a private school in Mizoram, attributed the state’s happiness to its social structure, which emphasizes financial independence from an early age. “When both genders are taught to earn their living, and neither is dependent on the other, why should a couple continue to live together in an unhealthy setting?” she asked.
In conclusion, the study by Professor Pillania has shed light on the happiness level of Mizoram, which has emerged as the happiest state in India. The state’s social structure and emphasis on financial independence from an early age have contributed significantly to the overall happiness of its residents.