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OMG! | Philippines is the world's most 'emotional' country, poll says

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The Philippines is the world’s most “emotional” country, a poll by a United States-based research company said. 

In a survey of 152 countries from 2009 to 2011, a Gallup world poll found that Filipinos were the most likely to admit feeling both positive and negative emotions, while their neighbors, the Singaporeans, were the least do so.

According to a related Bloomberg Businessweek report, the survey was conducted to “to compare how people feel about their lives.”

Respondents were asked questions such as:

- Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
- Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
- Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
- Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday?
- How about enjoyment, physical pain, worry, sadness, stress, anger?

The following percentage of respondents from the most emotional nations answered yes to the previous questions:

1. 60% - Philippines
2. 57% - El Salvador
3. 56% - Bahrain
4. 55% - Colombia and Oman
5. 54% - Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States

The following percentage of respondents from the least emotional nations answered yes to the previous questions:

1. 36% - Singapore
2. 37% - Georgia and Lithuania
3. 38% - Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Nepal, Russia, and Ukraine

Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Gallup’s Jon Clifton as saying: “If you measure Singapore by the traditional indicators, they look like one of the best-run countries in the world. But if you look at everything that makes life worth living, they’re not doing so well.”

Gallup also asked respondents to evaluate their lives on a scale of zero to ten, with Denmark declaring themselves the most satisfied, and Togo, in West Africa, pronouncing themselves the least satisfied.

Researchers also found that the Greeks were the most pessimistic about their lives in the coming years.

Last year, Iraq had the most number of respondents who admitted to feeling negative emotions, according to the same report.

View the interactive map revealing the world’s levels of emotionality at Bloomberg Businessweek.

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