Aussies are feeling pretty positive.
Aussies are feeling pretty positive. Thinkstock

For positive emotions Australians come 7th in the world

THERE may be conflict and unrest across the world, but people are feeling a lot of positive emotions according a  new Gallup survey.

At least seven in 10 adults worldwide report experiencing lots of enjoyment, laughing or smiling a lot, feeling well-rested, and being treated with respect, while a slight majority (51%) report that they learned or did something interesting the day before.

Gallup measured each of these positive emotions in 138 countries in 2013 by asking people whether they experienced them the previous day.

Gallup compiles the "yes" results into a Positive Experience Index score for each country.

Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults in each country, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2013 in 138 countries and areas.

Of the 10 countries in the world with the highest percentages experiencing all of these positive emotions, all but one of them is in Latin America.

For the third year in a row, Paraguay led the world in positive emotions, with Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ecuador rounding out the top five in 2013.

That so many people are reporting positive emotions in Latin America at least partly reflects the cultural tendency in the region to focus on the positives in life.

Australia was ranked equal seventh along with New Zealand, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. 

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Gallup survey. Mel McMillan

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