Gallup surveyed 151,000 adults in more than 140 countries in 2018 to generate the findings. From the survey questions, Gallup generated two indices, one focusing on positive experiences and the other focusing on negative experiences.
The poll found that levels of stress were at a new high, while levels of worry and sadness also increased. Globally, 39% percent of people said they had experienced a lot of worry the day before and 35% reported stress. Another 31% of people reported experiencing pain, 24% experienced sadness and 22% said they were angry. In Armenia 45% of adults surveyed said they were angry a lot the previous day.
The most negative country was Chad, followed by Niger. More than seven in 10 Chadians said they had struggled to afford food at some point in the past year.
Latin American countries including Paraguay, Panama and Guatemala topped the list of positive experiences, where people reported “feeling a lot of positive emotions each day.”
Greece had the most stressed population in the world with 59% saying they experienced stress on the day before the poll.