I found this map the other day that was put together by Mr Gallop here.
Basically, this represents the percentage of people who have answered ‘Yes’ to these questions:
- Did you feel well rested yesterday?
- Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
- Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
- Did you do or learn something interesting yesterday?
- Did you experience the following feelings yesterday – enjoyment, physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger?
It does make a bit of sense. The former Soviet Blok leads the way in being considered least emotional, whereas the South Americans are saturated in the purple haze of emotion.
I must say the Democratic Republic of Congo is a bit of an outlier. In a world of pain they come in flush with emotion. And is that Oman out there? What’s in the water out there that makes them so different to any other Arab state?
I did find it interesting that the Balkan states are normally considered as very emotional, but they fared very badly.
And what are we to make of Greenland, Papua New Guinea, Finland(?) and one of the Stans? They all seem a little grey for no reason at all.
This survey could tell us something very profound about history, politics, religion, family environments, cost of living, etc, but if we look very carefully at the questions they are all asking about yesterday.
It could well be that some countries are just more forgetful than the others.