Middle East has most negative social mood, Asia the least

Followers of socionomics don't need a poll to tell them social mood in the Middle East is negative, but here's one anyway: Middle East Leads World in Negative Emotions
People living in Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, Bahrain, and a few other Middle Eastern countries are among the most likely worldwide to experience a lot of negative emotions on a daily basis, according to Gallup's Negative Experience Index. Iraq's score of 59 on the index in 2011 -- which is based on respondents' reports of experiencing anger, stress, worry, sadness, and physical pain -- is the highest in the world. The Palestinian Territories placed a distant second with a score of 43.
The pollsters could use a little socionomic study:
Major world events did not necessarily affect the daily negative emotions in some countries. Japan's score of 21 on the index was exactly the same three months after the massive earthquake in 2011 as it was the year before. The trend was similar in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, where the level of negative emotions did not change between December 2008 and June 2010. However, Haiti saw a six-point decline in negative emotions between 2011 and 2010, as reported stress, anger, sadness, and worry dropped.
According to this poll, even earthquakes didn't affect social mood, a powerful piece of evidence in favor of the socionomic theory that social mood is endogeneous.

Click through to see a list of OECD countries. Greece leads with a score of 38, while the U.S. is a relatively high 32. Asian countries have the lowest negative scores.

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