If you have been feeling bummed out and it has prolonged for a long time, then you are not alone. According to the famous Gallup survey, the world has gotten sadder, angrier and fearful. Just to cut the long story short, the world is miserable than it ever was. The three states of emotions have reached a record high in 2018 succeeding 2017, which was previously known to be the year of “misery.”
On a slight fortunate note, stress levels have actually gone down compared to last year. Which although appears surprising is nonetheless the only optimistic thing about the Gallup survey. Either way, the numbers are alarming, and they suggest an immediate cause for concern. While it is difficult to find a direct solution to the problem, meaningful steps can be taken to prevent the situation from exacerbating.
Experts believe that the political situation in the country plays an important role in determining the three mentioned emotions. While that is certainly true, other instances like a natural disaster may also be partially responsible.
Having said all of that, let us look more into what the Gallup survey was all about.
Is the world becoming miserable?
Well, Gallup’s annual report on the Global State of Emotion would suggest yes, it is! On a closer look at the trend, there is a need to be worried about the situation more than ever. The Emotion Graph has observed a declining trend showing that the world population is in a state of misery. People are now sadder, angrier and fearful.
Further, the data would tell us that African part of the world finds itself at the top of the “misery” chart. It makes all the more sense since Africa has constantly been subjected to war, political turmoil and humanitarian crisis. Most regions had governments that failed to account for the needs and wants of the people. If not that, then natural disasters like malaria, Ebola outbreak worsened the problem further. Chad found itself as the number one country with people facing the biggest decline in the three states of emotions. Soon to be followed by Niger and Sierra Leone. For the first time in history, Iran makes it to the top 10 list. Despite having rich oil reserves, Iranian people seem to be doing no good emotionally.
Interestingly enough, Latin American nations are among the happiest countries in the world. Although, regions like Venezuela did witness political instability over the course of 2018. However, that did not suffice the Venezuelan from being unhappy and the country went on to score positively on the trend. Critics have also pointed out that people from the Latin American world smile like no one else. As many as 70% of the population felt they were well-rested, stress-free and enjoyed their lives.
That being said, Paraguay topped the list for the happiest nation in the world for the second consecutive year.
Top 10 negative countries
- Sierra Leone
Note: 7/10 countries in the afore-mentioned list lie in Africa. Chad is also the only country in the world with the majority population deprived of internet facility.