MANILA, Philippines – They say it’s more fun in the Philippines.
But according to United States pollster Gallup, the Philippines is also the world’s most emotional nation – which means that Filipinos feel the most in a slew of emotions such as pain, happiness and anger.
The survey, which first appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ranked a total of 152 countries to analyze how people feel about their lives. Philippines came out on top, beating El Salvador (No. 2), Bahrain (No. 3), Oman and Colombia (No. 4) and even the United States (No. 5, along with other nations).
Gallup, which was used during the US presidential polls, used straightforward questions such as: Did you feel well-rested yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you experience enjoyment, physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger?
The same article also named Singapore as “the world’s most emotionless society.”
Quoting Gallup’s Jon Clifton, BusinessWeek said: “If you measure Singapore by the traditional indicators, they look like one of the best-run countries in the world...But if you look at everything that makes life worth living, they’re not doing so well.”
The Philippines does not compare to Singapore when it comes to its gross domestic product. Recent figures showed, however, that local economy grew by 5.9% in the second quarter. Government officials said the country is now one of the strongest economies that the world should watch out for.
In October, however, the 2012 World Happiness report of the Columbia University’s Earth Institute ranked the Philippines as among the “least happy” countries in the world. It was 103rd out of 155 countries surveyed. The rankings were based on appreciation for good health, political freedom and access to education, among others.