source: Washington Post

The “Emotional State of the World”

Last November, Max Fisher from the Washington Post shared an interesting article about about people’s daily emotional experiences around the world. You can view here above a visual representation of the emotions distribution around the globe.

Singapore is the least emotional country in the world and the Philippines residents are the most emotional. Our home country, Belgium, is well positioned in the list and @ GetSmily we can confirm that despite our poor weather conditions, living in Belgium favours positive emotions (not every day though ;))

Emotional Ranking by Gallup

Image source: Gallup

As a sub-text, the article refers to a poll regularly conducted by Gallup and focusing – among other things – on people’s emotions. Leaders of the world acknowledge more and more that emotions have implications on the health of our society and therefore they look at that kind of data with a lot of interest. (See Buthan’s Gross National Happiness example)

Behavioral indicators such as positive and negative emotions are a vital measure of a society’s wellbeing. Leaders worldwide are starting to incorporate such behavioral-based indicators into the metrics they use to evaluate their countries because they realize that traditional economic indicators such as GDP and 40-hour workweeks alone do not, and cannot, quantify the human condition. [Extract from Gallup]

The methodology used for this poll is fairly straightforward:

Gallup measures daily emotions in more than 150 countries and areas by asking residents whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot the previous day. Negative experiences include anger, stress, sadness, physical pain, and worry. Positive emotions include feeling well-rested, being treated with respect, enjoyment, smiling and laughing a lot, and learning or doing something interesting. [Extract from Gallup]

Read more about the Gallup’s poll results and methodology here.

What about your emotions (while surfing)?

We invite you to participate in our small poll in order to see if you experienced emotions while surfing. It is our own little poll 😉


David is an entrepreneur and a digital marketing professional with 17+ years’ experience. He owns an Executive MBA from the Louvain School of Management. He also gives lectures in Belgian business schools.

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