Singapore is the world’s most emotionless society, according to a Gallup survey of 152 countries. The economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is behind countries like Georgia, Lithuania, Russia, Madagascar, Belarus, Kazakhtan, and Nepal.
Another Southeast Asian nation, Philippines is the world’s most emotional society, ahead of El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman, Columbia, and United States.
Survey respondents were asked questions like ‘Did you feel well-rested last yesterday?’ ‘Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?’ and ‘Did you smile of laugh a lot yesterday?’
On the survey, Businessweek reports:
Not many Singaporeans answered “yes” to those negative questions. But not many answered “yes” to the questions measuring happiness: Had they smiled yesterday? Learned something interesting? Felt respected or well-rested? Only 36 percent of Singaporeans responded affirmatively to either the positive or the negative questions… one reason Singaporeans are so dour is their lack of satisfaction at work. According to Gallup’s research, only 2 percent of the country’s workers feel engaged by their jobs. The global average is 11 percent.
According to Jon Clifton of Gallup, “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.”
O’ Emotional People, Where Art Thou?
By the way, Kristen Stewart is a popular stony-faced actress.
Image credits: Marina Bay waterfront.