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Fatima Al Mahmoud 11 Dec 2020

Lebanon Ranked Among Most Negative Countries In The World

According to the Gallup 2020 Global Emotions Report, Lebanon has been ranked among the top 5 most negative countries in the world.

The report tracks how people feel about their lives in their country and captures the depth and detail of their emotional experience.

Lebanon made a new appearance on the list of negative countries in 2019, following extreme social and political turmoil. The index studied feelings of worry, sadness, anger, stress, and physical pain, all of which significantly increased in the span of a year.

On the other hand, positive feelings like well-rested, enjoyment, smiling/laughing, having been treated with respect, and learning something interesting decreased.

According to the report, “no other country in the world saw negative experiences skyrocket across the board in 2019 as much as Lebanon”.

Consequently, Lebanese adults experienced the most emotional whiplash of any population in the world.

In numbers:

– The percentage of Lebanese who experienced sadness in 2019 more than doubled, going from 19% to a whopping 40%.
– Nearly twice as many Lebanese were angry in 2019 (43%) than in 2018 (23%).
– Levels of stress, worry, and pain soared to record levels in 2019.
– Only 4% of Lebanese rated their lives positively enough to be considered “thriving”. This was the worst score in Gallup’s record for Lebanon and one of the worst ratings in the world in 2019.

On the list of negative countries with Lebanon were Iraq in first place, followed by Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Chad.

You can find the full report here.