Latin America

Latin America dominates ‘happy nations’

People around the world are becoming more angry, stressed and worried, according to a new global survey.

Of some 150,000 people interviewed in over 140 countries, a third said they suffered stress, while at least one in five experienced sadness or anger.

The annual Gallup Global Emotions Report asked people about their positive and negative experiences.

The most negative country was Chad, followed by Niger. The most positive country was Paraguay, the report said.

The US was the 39th most positive country, the UK was 46th and India ranked 93rd.

Researchers focused on the experiences of participants the day before the survey took place.

Interviewees were asked questions such as "did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?" and "were you treated with respect?" in a bid to gain an insight into people's daily experiences.

Around 71% of people said they experienced a considerable amount of enjoyment the day before the survey.

The poll found that levels of stress were at a new high, while levels of worry and sadness also increased. Some 39% of those polled said they had been worried the day before the survey, and 35% were stressed.

Top 5 countries with highest positive experiences

  • Paraguay
  • Panama
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador

Top 5 countries with highest negative experiences

  • Chad
  • Niger
  • Sierra Leone
  • Iraq
  • Iran

Latin American countries including Paraguay, Panama and Guatemala topped the list of positive experiences, where people reported "feeling a lot of positive emotions each day."

The poll claims it is reflective of the cultural tendency in Latin America to "focus on life's positives".

Chad had the highest score Read More – Source

BBC

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