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Americans are emotional, Russians are not

posted at 1:19 pm on November 29, 2012 by

Or in other words, Americans are happy. The Washington Post has a new map out showing how emotional the world is. America sits on top.

Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer “yes” to questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, the more emotional they’re deemed to be.

Gallup has tallied up the average “yes” responses from respondents in almost every country on Earth. The results, which I’ve mapped out above, are as fascinating as they are indecipherable. The color-coded key in the map indicates the average percentage of people who answered “yes.” Dark purple countries are the most emotional, yellow the least. Here are a few takeaways.

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How can we be so happy when rich people are so rich in comparison to the middle class?

DeathtotheSwiss on November 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

As I heard a former Russian intel. officer say once, “The Russians are a horde of drunken barbarians that occasionally vomit up a genius.”

So, according to the map, Americans are happy, the Russians are drunk and unhappy.

Boogeyman on November 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

And it would seem that best Kazakstan is also least emotional – has cleanest prostitutes.

Boogeyman on November 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

The western hemisphere seems to be so much happier than the eastern. I wonder why?

ThePrez on November 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

As any woman will attest to, emotional does not equal happiness.

John the Libertarian on November 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM