QCOSTARICA – Latin Americans, with their fiery temperaments and spirit of joie de vivre, dominated the list of top countries in a new Gallup poll which surveyed citizens in 148 nations around the globe, with Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica all making the top ten for laughter and tears.
The survey, conducted throughout 2014, measured emotions by asking 1,000 people in each country whether they had experienced any of five positive and five negative emotions a lot the previous day.
The five negative feelings were: anger, stress, sadness, physical pain and worry.
The five positive experiences were: feeling well-rested; being treated with respect; enjoyment; smiling and laughing a lot; and learning or doing something interesting.
Bolivia and El Salvador came out on top, with 59% of their hot-blooded respondents admitting that they felt some or all of those emotions a great deal the day before.
The only Southeast Asian people that merited a place in the top ten for pleasure and pain were the sensitive Cambodians, with a 57% rating.
On the other end of the scale – the most stoic, impassive and unexcitable people on the planet are apparently the Bangladeshis, with just 37 out of every 100 persons polled confessing to … continue reading