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Nepal 9th most emotionless nation, says Gallup

KATHMANDU, NOV 25 - Nepalis are among the least likely to report emotional experiences on a daily basis, according to a report released last week by Gallup, an American polling agency. The report claims that only 38 percent Nepalis reported experiencing any kind of emotion—negative or positive—regularly.

According to the report, Singapore is the least emotional country with just 36 percent of Singaporeans reporting positive or negative emotions while the Philippines is the most emotional nation on earth with 60 percent of Filipinos reporting emotions on a survey questionnaire designed by Gallup.

Gallup measured daily emotions in more than 150 countries and areas by asking residents if they experienced five positive and five negative emotions the previous day. Negative emotions included anger, stress, sadness, physical pain and worry while positive ones included feeling well-rested, being treated with respect, enjoyment, smiling and laughing and learning or doing something interesting. To measure the presence or absence of emotions, Gallup averaged the percentage of residents in each country who claimed to have experienced each of the 10 emotions, read the report posted on Gallup’s website.

The 10 dry-as-a-bone countries with the least emotional people in the world, as per the report, are, in descending order—Singapore, Georgia, Lithuania, Russia, Madagascar, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan. While Georgia and Lithuania follow Singapore with only 37 percent of people reporting emotions, the rest of the countries on the list all have 38 percent.

On the other hand, on the list of most emotional countries, following the Filipinos are the nationals of El Salvador (57 percent), Bahrain (56 percent), Oman (55 percent) and Colombia (55 percent). Chile, Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua and the United States are other emotional societies with 54 percent of their populations reporting some kind of emotions. According to the report, the results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, in each country every year between 2009 and 2011.

“Behavioural indicators such as positive and negative emotions are vital measures of a society’s wellbeing,” claimed the report. “Leaders worldwide are starting to incorporate such behavioural-based indicators into the metrics they use to evaluate their countries because they realise that traditional economic indicators such as GDP and 40-hour workweeks alone do not, and cannot, quantify the human condition.”

10 most emotionless societies

(in descending order)

•    Singapore

•    Georgia

•    Lithuania

•    Russia    

•    Madagascar

•    Ukraine

•    Belarus

•    Kazakhstan

•    Nepal

•    Kyrgyzstan

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