Despite bad news, Pinoys 6th most positive in world: poll

Posted at 05/22/14 6:23 PM

MANILA - Just how much positive emotions do Filipinos feel compared to the rest of the world?

According to the latest Gallup poll, the Philippines tied with Indonesia and Thailand for 6th place in the Positive Experience Scores Worldwide for 2013.

Gallup measured positive emotions all over the world by asking adults if they experienced "lots of enjoyment, laughing or smiling a lot, feeling well-rested, and being treated with respect" the day before.

The poll was conducted in 138 countries in 2013.

Gallup said 7 out of 10 adults experienced positive emotions while a slight majority (51%) report that they learned or did something interesting the day before.

"Despite the conflict and unrest that dominates much of the news, people around the world are experiencing a lot of positive emotions," the report said.

The Philippines was previously ranked 92nd out of 156 countries in the United Nations' 2013 World Happiness Report.

Meanwhile, Gallup said Paraguay led the world in positive emotions for the third year in a row, with Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ecuador rounding out the top five in 2013.

Other countries that ranked lower than the Philippines are: Costa Rica (82), Colombia (82), Denmark (82), Honduras (81), Venezuela (81) and El Salvador (81).

On the other hand, Syria ranked the lowest in the survey with a score of 36 on the index. Gallup said fewer than one in three Syrians report feeling well-rested (31%), feeling enjoyment (31%), or learning or doing something interesting (25%) the day before.