19 December 2012

Filipinos Among ‘Most Positive’ in the World

Filipinos are the eighth most positive people in the world, according to a global survey undertaken last year by Gallup Polls. The survey results suggest that 8.2 out of 10 Filipinos experience positive emotions in a day.

Panama and Paraguay topped the poll results for positive emotions, with Latin Americans dominating the top 10. Thailand, which yielded a slightly higher result than the Philippines, is the only other country in the top 10 not in Latin America.

The poll asked the following questions in 148 countries around the world:
  1. Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
  2. Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
  3. Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
  4. Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
  5. Did you experience a lot of the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday?
  6. How about enjoyment?
At the bottom end of the list, Singaporeans are the least likely to experience positive emotions in a day with only 4.6 out of 10 people giving positive responses to the questions above.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the bottom 10 are countries that are coming from internal strife and upheavals.

Generally, however, the poll results seem to suggest that peoples of the world seem to be upbeat. Of the questions asked, only the fourth (about learning something interesting) yielded a low (43%) result worldwide.

Because none of the top 10 is among the most developed countries in the world, the implication for world leaders is that income does not necessarily translate into well-being.

Here are the top and bottom 10 lists.

TOP 10
Country% responding with yes
Panama
85
Paraguay
85
El Salvador
84
Venezuela
84
Trinidad and Tobago
83
Thailand
83
Guatemala
82
Philippines
82
Ecuador
81
Costa Rica
81

BOTTOM 10
Country% responding with yes
Singapore
46
Armenia
49
Iraq
50
Georgia
52
Yemen
52
Serbia
52
Belarus
53
Lithuania
54
Madagascar
54
Afghanistan
55
Azerbaijan
55
Haiti
55
Togo
55
Macedonia
55

Acknowledgment: Gallup Polls.

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