Filipinos ranked 5th in happiest list

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Devotees gather on President Quirino Avenue to welcome Pope Francis on January 15, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.

(CNN Philippines) — Filipinos are among the world's happiest citizens according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday, March 19, a day ahead of the United Nations' International Day of Happiness.

Gallup's Positive Experience Index, published on its website, showed the Philippines ranked fifth with a score of 80, along with Singapore, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

Paraguay topped the list of happiest countries with a score of 89.

On second place are Colombia, Ecuador, and Guatemala with a score of 84.

On third place are Honduras, Panama, and Venezuela with a score of 82.

On fourth place are Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

Gallup conducted face-to-face interviews with people in 143 countries, asking them if they had five positive experiences the day before the survey.

Gallup said: "More than 70% of people worldwide said they experienced a lot of enjoyment, smiled or laughed a lot, felt well-rested and felt treated with respect. Additionally, 50% of people said they learned or did something interesting the day before the interview."

It added, the index score for the world in 2014 is 71, which has been "remarkably consistent through the years."

In a radio interview, Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the Palace was elated with the survey's results.

The Philippines has consistently placed in Gallup's Positive Experience Index, placing sixth in 2014 and fifth in 2013.

According to the U.N. website, the International Day of Happiness was first celebrated in 2012, after the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution "recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives."


The Philippines News Agency contributed to this report.