MANILA — The Palace on Sunday welcomes the result of a global survey that ranked Filipinos as the world’s fifth happiest citizens.
“Siyempre po dapat nating ikagalak ang nabatid nating balita hinggil diyan, dahil sa pagitan naman siguro ng kagalakan at kalungkutan, mas marami ang pipili palagi ‘nung kagalakan at pagiging masaya,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
(Perhaps we should rejoice over the news because between being happy or sad, a lot of people will choose to be happy.)
The Philippines scored 80, based on a research conducted by the Gallup, a US-based performance-management consulting firm.
Leading the survey is Paraguay which scored 89. Followed by Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala which shared the second spot with the score of 84.
Honduras, Panama and Venezuela all got 82 all tied at third place.
While Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua scored 81 and shared the fourth place.
Gallup interviewed 1,000 adults aged 15 and older in each country and where asked questions to gauge their Positive Experience Index.
Among the questions asked were: Did they feel well rested? Were they treated with respect? Did they smile or laugh a lot? Did they learn something interesting?
In 2012, the Philippines ranked fourth and shared the spot with Guatemala.