India Lags In Positivity Index

Most Indians are unhappy with their daily lives, a new study says… The study, which asked 5,000 Indians to assess how satisfied they were with their lives using parameters that included health, employment and financial wellbeing, said that the number of people who claimed to be suffering went up from 7 per cent in 2008 to 31 per cent in 2012… 


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People in India are among the least positive globally about their daily lives, according to a survey of 143 countries. The poll by Gallup Organization, released recently, found that 59 per cent of those questioned in India had a positive perception of their day, less than in Iran and Pakistan where 61 per cent of the population said they felt upbeat. In Afghanistan and Libya, 68 per cent reported feeling positive. Countries which scored lower than India on the “Positive Experience Index” included Syria, Iraq, Serbia, Montenegro and Yemen. In its Positive Experience Index, the American market research and polling company asked respondents to recollect emotions from their previous day. In the U.S., 77 per cent of those surveyed reported that they had felt well-rested, had been treated with respect, laughed a lot and learnt something new the previous day. Paraguay came top with an 86 per cent positivity rating. Others with high scores included Venezuela, Panama, Costa Ricaand Colombia.
On average across the world, 73 per cent of adults said they had experienced enjoyment for “a lot of” the previous day. Almost three-quarters said they had smiled and laughed a lot and 85 per cent said they felt they were treated with respect. Almost one in three, 29 per cent, reported that they hadn’t felt well-rested the previous day, while 55 per cent said they had not learned anything new. “Using Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking data, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and Princeton professor Angus Deaton found that the more money people make, the higher they evaluate their lives overall,” the polling company said in a statement.
However, once people earn an annual salary over US$75,000, income has much less impact on day-to-day feelings, the economists found. “Data on daily experiences provide insight into how people feel about life beyond money. For leaders who are looking for data beyond money, the way people report their emotions is a good place to start,” Gallup said. The survey was based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults aged over 15 in each of the 143 countries in 2012.
A similar study by Gallup last year found that more and more Indians see themselves as suffering. The study, which asked 5,000 Indians to assess how satisfied they were with their lives using parameters that included health, employment and financial wellbeing, said that the number of people who claimed to be suffering went up from 7 per cent in 2008 to 31 per cent in 2012.
–WSJ

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