Each year, Gallup conducts a global poll on the positive and negative experiences that people around the world have experienced each year. The results for 2021 have just been released and the findings are quite somber: “the world became a slightly sadder, more worried and more stressed-out place,” with negative reactions reaching a record high in Gallup’s Negative Experience Index.
The poll found that over 40% of adults worldwide experienced a lot of worry and/or stress last year, and nearly 30% of adults experienced sadness. All of these results were, unfortunately, new records in Gallup’s poll.
The question now is, why is the world becoming such an unhappy place?
It’s easy to point the finger at the pandemic or the economy as the reason for this uptick in negativity throughout the world, but it’s not that simple. Gallup’s Negative Experience Index has been steadily rising since 2011; the pandemic and the current state of the economy are only making a bad situation worse.
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