Amid recent calamities and political chaos, Filipinos seem to continue to find reasons to smile. In fact, we're ranked among the world's 6th most positive people.
According to a survey done by Gallup, an American research company, a lot of Filipinos experienced "positive emotions" in 2013. This is quite a feat, as that's the year the country was hit by Typhoon Yolanda, the massive Visayas quake, and the standoff that rocked Zamboanga.
Most optimistic countries
Below is a list of the top 10 most positive countries and their respective positivity indexes:
1. Paraguay - 87
2. Panama - 86
3. Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ecuador - 83
4. Costa Rica, Colombia, and Denmark - 82
5. Honduras, Venezuela, and El Sallvador - 81
6. Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand - 80
7. United Arab Emirates, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia - 79
8. Chile, Argentina, Taiwan, Sweden, Iceland, United States of America, Netherlands, and Dominican Republic - 78
9. Rwanda - 77
10. Austria, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, China, Ireland, Mexico, France, Mali, and Finland - 76
On the other hand, Syria ranked the lowest in the survey with a score of 36 on the index.
Gallup said that the results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults (aged 15 and older) in each of the 132 countries covered by the survey.
By the way, among the questions asked in the survey are the following:
- Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
- Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
- Did you learn something interesting yesterday?