A survey conducted by the Asia Happiness Index 2013 of the Eden Strategy Institute showed that Singapore is ranked first among five countries in the region.

According to the Eden Strategy Institute, a social innovation player, the survey covered more than 200 million social media accounts in five countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Indonesia .

The survey tracked the use of predetermined words by users of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and online forums. The list of words includes “thank you”, “the best”, “grateful”, “hopeful” and “positive”.

Singapore scored 518 on the index to come out tops among the five countries. Malaysia came in second with a score of 245. The Philippines is third with a score of 90, followed by India 29, and Indonesia , 11.

The institute said it launched the survey to mark the inaugural International Happiness Day, which takes place on March 20.-VNA