Gallup poll reveals expat locations with empathetic residents

Published:  18 Dec at 6 PM
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A recent international study of emotional wellbeing by global pollster Gallup could help pinpoint expat destinations with ‘emotional’ locals.

The survey was undertaken as part of a study of behavioural indicators and their effect on general wellbeing across the world, and was sparked by a recent trend amongst world leaders towards assessing national wellbeing as part of the country’s overall performance. Research was based on both positive and negative emotions as a trigger of societal wellbeing or the lack of it.

Results from over 150 countries indicated that the Philippines holds the most positively emotional nationals, with 60 per cent of those surveyed experiencing daily emotional episodes. El Salvador was in second place with 57 per cent, with Bahrain and Oman, surprisingly, filling the third and fourth places with 56 and 55 per cent of nationals reporting daily positive emotions.

A swathe of countries including the US, Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Ecuador all scored 54 per cent in the emotional stakes, and the most negative respondents were from the Middle East and North Africa. Iraqi, Palestinian and Bahraini peoples reported the most negative daily emotional experiences including anger, stress, sadness and worry.

For potential expats searching for a friendly location with positive vibes, heading for the Latin American states of Venezuela, Paraguay and Panama would seem to be the best idea, according to the Gallup poll. Individual wealth, it seems, plays less part in emotional wellbeing than might have been expected, particularly amongst US respondents, most of whom stated that a higher income would have no meaningful effect on their personal happiness.
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