Have You Learned Something Interesting Lately?

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Latin Americans are the most positive people in the world, with their region being home to eight of the top 10 countries for positive emotions worldwide, reports the Gallup polling organization:

“Residents in Panama and Paraguay are the most likely to report experiencing positive emotions. Singaporeans, Armenians, and Iraqis are least likely worldwide to report feeling positive emotions.

Gallup measured positive emotions in 148 countries and areas in 2011 using five questions. These questions ask people whether they experienced a lot of enjoyment the day before the survey and whether they felt respected, well-rested, laughed and smiled a lot, and did or learned something interesting.

The average percentage of respondents worldwide who said ‘yes’ to these five questions reflects a relatively upbeat world. Gallup found that 85% of adults worldwide felt treated with respect all day, 72% smiled and laughed a lot, 73% felt enjoyment a lot of the day, and 72% felt well-rested.

The only emotion that less than half of people worldwide reported experiencing was getting to learn or do something interesting the previous day, at 43%.” (Read more here.)

I love that Gallup’s survey of positive emotion asked people whether they “did or learned something interesting” recently. Learning is in fact the source of a lot of good feelings! But it’s regrettable that this emotion is experienced less often than others. Let’s make it a New Year’s Resolution to learn something interesting every day of 2013!

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