May 24, 2013
Singapore, a Nation Without Feeling
Posted on Nov 22, 2012
Despite temperate weather, low unemployment and high per-capita GDP, a new Gallup poll marks Singapore as the least outwardly emotional country in the world, beating what some regard as the traditionally humorless nations of Eastern Europe.
Pollsters asked respondents from more than 150 countries whether they felt “well rested,” if they were “treated with respect” and whether they “smile or laugh a lot.” The results showed Singaporeans were the least likely to report experiencing any emotions at all.
Only 36 percent of Singaporeans said they felt positive or negative emotions on a daily basis, compared with 60 percent of Filipinos (the highest rate worldwide) who reported regularly feeling both.
At 46.6 hours a week, Singapore’s 5.2 million residents work the longest hours in the world.
Analysts pointed out that high emotionality does not necessarily equate with happiness. The highly emotional Philippines ranked 103rd out of 155 countries in the 2012 World Happiness Report.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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