Global survey finds Filipinos among the most emotional people in the world

Gallup has found that Filipinos are among the world’s most emotional people. File photograph.

The Philippines is one of the most emotional countries in the world, according to a survey of 151,000 people across more than 140 nations. 

Six in 10 Filipinos reported experiencing positive or negative emotions during the day before the poll was conducted, the Gallup 2019 Global Emotions Report found.


Among the questions were, “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?” and “Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?”

The Philippines, along with Niger, Liberia and Ecuador, had an average 60 per cent “yes” response among respondents, putting these countries in joint first place.

They were followed by Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea and Peru at 59 per cent, and Nicaragua, Honduras, Sri Lanka and Guatemala at 58 per cent.


Meanwhile, fewer than four in 10 residents of Azerbaijan, Belarus and Latvia reported experiencing any positive or negative feeling.

In January of last year, another Gallup poll named the Philippines as the world’s third happiest country. This was reflected in the new survey, in which the Philippines scored highly in the positive categories. However, Filipinos also reported being the second most stressed people in the world, behind the Greeks.

Global survey finds Filipinos among the most emotional people in the world

Emotional intelligence

Sociologist Clifford Sorita said the Gallup report demonstrated that Filipinos were “in touch” with their emotions and does not necessarily mean they are predisposed to “place our feelings above our intellect”.

“Rather, the positive and negative questions asked in the survey regarding our day-to-day experiences reveals that Filipinos are “in-touch” with our emotions and that we do not hide behind them. This is possible because we have a strong social support mechanism of family and friends, which allows us to ventilate how we feel and cope with these emotions in a healthy way,” he told ABS-CBN News.

The study also found that all across the world people are getting angrier, sadder and more worried.

Although overall stress levels dropped by two points to 35 per cent, anger levels increased by two points to 22 per cent, hitting a new high.

Chad was identified as the world’s most negative country, followed by Niger, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Iran.

Meanwhile, Latin American countries such as Paraguay, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador were among the world’s most positive countries.

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