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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:20 PM

The people with the most negative emotions, and the happiest people on the planet

Here are two Gallup polls which I found very interesting:

Leading as the people with the most negative emotions in the world, are Middle Easterners. Countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Turkey: http://www.gallup.com/poll/155045/Middle-East-Leads-World-Negative-Emotions.aspx

Leading as the most positive people in the world, are Latin Americans. Countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador: http://www.gallup.com/poll/159254/latin-americans-positive-world.aspx

To what do you think the positive outlooks and/or negative emotions are due? Latin countries are among the poorest, and have tremendous political conflicts and upheavals. Wouldn't you think they'd be very negative? Clearly it's not wealth and stability in their countries that makes them positive, since they don't have that.

What about religion? How about family ties? What about neighbors? Where does laughter come into this, and forgiveness? What about rules? Some countries have strict, rigid rules, such as Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, where punishment is carried out routinely for "transgressions."

Do countries have a personality? I think each country does. Some countries are naturally morose and see little humor in anything.

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Reply The people with the most negative emotions, and the happiest people on the planet (Original post)
Sarah Ibarruri Dec 2012 OP
bananas Dec 2012 #1
PivotalDude Dec 2012 #2
Sarah Ibarruri Dec 2012 #7
greyl Dec 2012 #3
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #4
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #5
Quantess Dec 2012 #6

Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:54 PM

1. Longer Christmas vacation time? nt

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:27 PM

2. According to the author of

 

The Geography of Happiness, the happiest people in America are in Asheville, NC. The primary reason they're so happy is because of their sense of community.

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Response to PivotalDude (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:00 PM

7. I agree with you, but didn't want to say so in the post.

I think a true sense of community is very healing and provides a feeling of security within which people can be happy.

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:33 PM

3. Look at their differing geography (desert v jungle generally)

then consider the kind of environment humans have tended to flourish in over the past few million years.

edit: not that such a simplistic answer entirely handles the complex question...

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:34 PM

4. It's something in the water, I suspect nt

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:37 PM

5. or lack of water

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:05 PM

6. Some countries are morose AND they see humor in everything.

At least, they try.

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