Be happy – it drives people crazy

If you are not happy here & now – you never will be

Tonic has never had a caller from Paraguay and now we know the reason. According to the annual Gallup Global Emotions Report, it is the country with highest percentage of positive experiences.

More worryingly, we have never had calls from Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone and Iraq which are home to the least positive people. Just the people who really do need our help!

The world is becoming more angry

Still, we haven’t given up on our mission to cheer up the world. In fact, our target audience seems to be ever increasing as the survey reports that the world is becoming more angry, stressed and worried.  Of some 150,000 people interviewed in over 140 countries, a third said they suffered stress, while at least one in five experienced sadness or anger.

Just for the record, US was ranked the 39th most positive country, with the UK languishing in 46th place (the Brexit factor?).

Interviewees were asked questions such as “do you smile or laugh a lot?” and “were you treated with respect?” in a bid to gain an insight into people’s daily experiences.

Around 71% of people said they experienced a considerable amount of enjoyment the day before the survey.

World stress levels reach new high

The poll found that levels of stress were at a new high, while levels of worry and sadness were also increasing. Some 39% of those polled said they had been worried the day before the survey, and 35% were stressed.

However, Latin American countries including Panama and Guatemala, topped the list of positive experiences, where residents reported “feeling a lot of positive emotions each day.”

Focus on life’s positives

The poll claims it is reflective of the cultural tendency in Latin America to “focus on life’s positives”.

Chad had the highest score for negative experiences. Hardly surprising when more than seven in ten Chadians said they had struggled to afford food at some point in the past year. As many as 61% of people in the country said they had experienced physical pain.

The country suffers from inadequate infrastructure and internal conflict, while health and social conditions compare unfavourably with those elsewhere in the region.

Despite Chad’s high score for negative experiences, people in the US and Greece were more stressed than Chadians.

Greece had the most stressed population in the world with nearly 60% saying they experienced stress on the day before the poll. Around 55% of US adults said they were stressed.

As to what you do with such stressful statistics is anyone’s guess. Certainly phoning Tonic would be a less drastic course of action than moving to Paraguay to raise your spirits.

However, it would be cheaper and easier moving to Finland, which maintains its status as the happiest place to live on earth. As for us at Tonic, we hang onto the old fashioned belief that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the planet. Stay where you are and enjoy being one of the 46%!

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