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Gallup's Latest Global Emotions Report

Discover which countries and areas felt the most worry and which remained positive during a second year of uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Download the 2022 report to see the latest on emotional wellbeing around the globe.

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The State of Global Emotions

Gallup's annual Global Emotions Report measures people's positive and negative experiences worldwide, giving leaders insights into the emotional health of their societies, which traditional economic indicators don't capture.

In 2021, people worldwide felt more worried, stressed and sad than at any time in the past 16 years. They also had fewer positive experiences than they did in 2020.

28% of people said they experienced a lot of sadness the previous day, the highest percentage ever recorded.

42% of people said they experienced a lot of worry the previous day, up from 40% in 2020.

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 Global Emotions Interactive page.

  • 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.
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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 2021 Report

Positive experiences held steady but negative experiences reached then-record highs in 2020.

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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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