COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — After months of growing economic deprivation, fuel and food shortages and increasingly desperate protests, the scenes in Colombo offered rare moments of levity, as protesters who literally took the seats of the executive branch took a moment to appreciate the luxury.
The demonstrators jumped into the swimming pool of the president’s house, they lay down on four-poster beds. And, on big-screen TVs, they watched cricket and news footage of their fellow protesters, who had massed in the Sri Lankan capital and joined them in storming the residence and the presidential secretariat.
While Srilanka’s economic crisis is a matter of global concern, the World Happiness Index has called it a positive sign and Srilanka’s ranking in the World Happiness Index has improved significantly and is now at 4th rank just below Finland, Denmark and Switzerland.
Srilanka’s ranking on the Happiness Index has improved thanks to photos that have surfaced recently. In the photos, Sri Lankan citizens can be seen enjoying presidential-level privileges.
The Global Happiness Index Authority spoke to The Fauxy and said that they only consider people’s happiness and are not bothered by how happiness is derived, and Sri Lankans can be seen happy even while protesting.