Young people riding an open-air jeepney in Manila. (Richard Messenger)
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are the most likely to report emotions including anger, pain, tiredness, laughter, enjoyment and stress, a United States-based polling body reported on Tuesday.
With 60 percent of respondents answering "Yes" to straightforward questions such as "Did you feel well-rested yesterday?" "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?" "Did you experience anger yesterday?", Filpinos have been found to be the "most emotional society" around the globe by research agency Gallup.
The Philippines is also the only Southeast Asian country among the 15 most emotional nations in the world, with South American country El Salvador at a close second with 57 percent positive responses to the survey and Bahrain in the Middle East with 56 percent.
The numbest society, on the other hand, is Singapore with only 36 percent admitting to experiencing the emotions enumerated in the survey.
Gallup partner Jon Clifton said in a statement that Singaporeans, who are among the wealthiest in the world, are not laughing as much as the rest of the world.
"If you measure Singapore by the traditional indicators, they look like one of the best-run countries in the world. But if you look at everything that makes life worth living, they’re not doing so well," Clifton said.
The second most emotionless societies, according to the survey, are a tie between European states Georgia and Lithuania, with 37 percent of respondents admitting to feelings.