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Just a year ago, Singapore was ranked the world’s most emotionless society by a Gallup survey.
In a major turnaround, it has now been singled out as the country which has recorded the biggest surge in “positive emotions” in the latest edition of the same survey.
According to the findings released yesterday, 70% of respondents here reported more positive emotions last year, compared to 46% the year before – the biggest jump among the 143 countries and areas surveyed by the international polling firm.
That catapulted the republic from the bottom of the table in the 2011 study to the top half of the “positive” league of nations. Gallup attributed the upswing in positive emotions to the “unprecedented attention” given to the 2011 study, which could have influenced how Singaporeans responded to the latest survey.
“The rise (in positive emotions) took place among all demographic groups, even as other societal measures remained steady,” Gallup noted.
The survey polled about 1,000 people aged 15 and above from each of the 143 countries and areas in 2012. They were asked if they had felt five positive and five negative emotions the day before they were polled.
Questions included whether they felt well-rested and respected, if they laughed and smiled a lot, and if they had done or learnt something interesting. The “yes” results were then compiled into a Positive Experience Index score.
Latin American nations Paraguay and Venezuela continued to top the index, while places like Syria and Iraq were ranked the lowest. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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