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Filipinos Rank High in Positivity Worldwide, But Sadness Persists – Gallup

Filipinos Rank High in Positivity
The Philippines has been recognized as one of the top 10 countries for positive experiences in 2023, according to a global survey.

Gallup’s 2024 Global Emotions Report revealed that the country scored 82 out of 100 on the Positive Experience Index. This indicates that 82% of Filipinos reported feeling positive emotions the day before the survey.

This score ranks the Philippines fifth globally, along with Malaysia, Senegal, and Thailand, indicating that Filipinos experience more positive emotions than negative ones.

Highest Positive Experiences Worldwide in 2023

RankCountryPositive Experience Index
6El Salvador83
6Costa Rica83

Additionally, 75% of Filipino adults reported engaging in interesting activities the day before the survey, placing the country third globally in this regard. This is significantly higher than the global average of 54%.

Despite the high positive experience score, which slightly dropped from 85 in 2022, the Philippines did not fare as well on the Negative Experience Index, scoring 35 out of 100.

Negative Experience Index

Smiled or Laughed85%15%

The Philippines’ negative experience score is above the global average of 31. The country also reported the highest loneliness rates in Southeast Asia, with 34% of Filipinos feeling sad the day before the survey, compared to the global average of 23%.

The findings are based on nationally representative samples of at least 1,000 individuals aged 15 and older from 142 countries, with data collected through face-to-face or telephone interviews. The margin of sampling error ranges between ±2.2 and ±5.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

While Filipinos rank high levels of positivity, there remains a significant challenge with negative emotions such as loneliness and sadness. This contrast underscores the complexity of emotional well-being in the country.

In conclusion…

Gallup’s 2024 Global Emotions Report highlights the Philippines as a standout in positive experiences globally, ranking fifth with a score of 82 on the Positive Experience Index. This underscores a prevailing sense of positivity among Filipinos, reflected in high engagement in enjoyable activities.

However, the report also sheds light on persistent challenges, notably higher rates of negative emotions such as loneliness compared to global averages. This dual perspective underscores the nuanced emotional landscape in the country, where efforts to enhance well-being should address both strengths and areas needing improvement.

Moving forward, policymakers and stakeholders can leverage these insights to tailor interventions that bolster positive experiences while addressing prevalent negative emotions.

Enhancing community engagement, promoting mental health awareness, and strengthening social support systems could contribute significantly to improving overall emotional well-being across the Philippines. By focusing on these areas, the country can continue to build on its strengths in fostering positive experiences while addressing the complexities of emotional health in a diverse and dynamic society.


Read Also: Philippines Ranks Second in Southeast Asia for Happiness 


Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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