The 2019 Global Emotions Report is Gallup's annual snapshot of the world's emotional state.
About a third of people worldwide were stressed, worried and in pain last year, and more than half of Americans feel pressure and strain. That's according to the 2019 Global Emotions Report, Gallup's annual snapshot of the world's emotional state.
Chad, a North African country occupied by violence, was the most negative country in the world last year, the report found, and Paraguay and Panama. led a host of Latin American countries at the list of most positive countries.
The USA? Well, we're more stressed than almost anybody.
Most Americans (55%) recall feeling stressed during much of the day in 2018. That's more than all other countries, including top-ranking Greece (59%), which has led the world in stress since 2012.
Nearly half of Americans field worried (45%) and more than a fifth (22%) field angry, they duty Gallup – both up from 2017. Americans' stress increased, too , topping the global average by 20 percentage points.
"Even as their economy roared, more Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade," Julie Ray, a Gallup editor,
A country where 66% feel pain
Americans were more stressed than the residents of Chad, the world's saddest and most pain-stricken population. Fifty-one percent of Chadians report stress last year, along with 54% reporting sadness. Two-thirds there were worried, and 66% felt physical pain.
"The country's overall score at least partly reflects the violence, displacement and the collapse of basic services in parts of Chad that have affected thousands of families," Gallup says. an analysis, noting seven out of 10 residents struggling to afford food that year.
West African nations of Niger and Sierra Leone follow Chad in Gallup's report, which ranks each nation based on resident responses to phone and face-to-face interviews with about 1,000 adults worldwide. Iraq and Iran follow, respectively, in the top five
Latin American countries are the most positive. But why?
A train of Latin American countries leads the most positive list. Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador follow top-ranked Paraguay and Panama in a tie. All of the top 10 most positive nations are Latin American save one: Indonesia
"I think it's not a coincidence," says Ricardo Ainslie, a Mexican-born psychologist and a director at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. "Latin Americans tend to be so family-focused that I think that is a sense of" Whatever happens, I've always got this. (Family) is always my bedrock. ' "
Indeed, Gallup notes its scores strongly related, part, the presence of social networks, and Latin American nations prevail on its positive list" year after year. "The Gutierrez family, diplaced by floods, prepare for Breakfast in a temporary shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, April 5, 2019. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
The Gutierrez family, diplaced by floods, prepare for breakfast in a temporary shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, April 5, 2019. (Photo: Jorge Saenz, AP)
Gallup posed questions to residents of more than 140 countries for the lists, asking about the positive ("Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?") And the negative (" How about sadness? ").
A family focus in top-ranked Paraguay bleeds into day-to-day culture, says Barbara Ganson, a Florida Atlantic University professor and editor of" Contemporary Paraguay: Politics, Society, and the Environment . "
Paraguayan typically works from 7 am to 11 am, she says, pray before returning home for lunch and relaxation with family. They finish work from 3 to 7 p.m.
"Family-work balance is very different from what we experience here in the United States and in many other countries," Ganson says.
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