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Study finds that people worldwide are sadder, angrier and more fearful

The Lempert Report

Gallup's annual Global State of Emotions report is out and it finds that people worldwide are sadder, angrier and more fearful than ever before, in their analysis of global well-being.

Gallup charted humanity's prolonged slump by holding 151,000 interviews in 2018 with adults in more than 140 countries. It has measured emotions annually since 2006.

In 2018, about 4 in 10 people said they experienced a lot of worry the day before the interview, while a third said they were stressed and nearly 3 in 10 said they felt a lot of physical pain. A quarter experienced sadness, and 22% were angry.

All three emotions rose to record levels in 2018, for the second consecutive year.  People were also quizzed on positive emotions, prompting some brighter news, according to CNN’s report on the survey. 

Globally, more than 7 in 10 people said they experienced enjoyment, felt well-rested and smiled or laughed a lot on the day before the survey, while 87% said they were treated with respect.

You might be quite surprised to learn that the world's happiest and most positive country is Paraguay. It fought off close competition from Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, despite such nations having high levels of poverty and violence. 

People in Latin America "may not always rate their lives the best ... but they laugh, smile and experience enjoyment like no one else in the world," Gallup global managing partner Jon Clifton wrote in the report.

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