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Find out which countries and areas were most stressed and which were most resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the 2021 report for the latest on emotional wellbeing around the world.

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In 2020, the world was a sadder, angrier, more worried and more stressed-out place than it has been at any time in the past 15 years.

of people said they smiled or laughed a lot the previous day, a five-point drop from 2019.
of adults worldwide said they experienced a lot of stress the previous day - a record high.

The State of Global Emotions

Every year, the Global Emotions Report endeavors to quantify at the country level whether people are enjoying life and learning new and interesting things, and if they feel well rested or if they feel extreme stress, sadness, worry or physical pain.

In short, the report provides a measure of everything that makes life worth living and gives leaders insights into the emotional health of their societies that they can't get from economic measures like GDP alone.

Why are emotions important in our daily lives?

Visit the Global Happiness Center to learn more about why and how Gallup measures global wellbeing and to see the world's hot spots with our emotions data interactive.

Emotion is a fundamental element of the human experience.

How people feel affects life outcomes and is a definitive indicator of societal health and progress.

Tracking big-picture trends worldwide reveals which populations have high wellbeing and which are experiencing emotional turmoil.

Looking for more reports on how life is being lived around the globe?

See the latest findings from both our independent research and the discoveries made possible through our partnerships.

Browse Previous Global Emotions Reports

Gallup has been tracking the world's emotional health since 2005 and publishing the Global Emotions Report since 2015. Explore reports from the past several years.

Global Emotions 2020 Report

Latin American countries continued to lead in positive experiences in 2019. Globally, negative experiences edged higher.

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Global Emotions 2019 Report

Paraguay had the highest Positive Experience Index score worldwide, while Afghanistan's score dropped to a record low in 2018.

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Global Emotions 2018 Report

The world took a negative turn in 2017. People were more stressed and worried than at any other point in the years Gallup has measured.

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