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Here's Where The Happiest (And Saddest) People Live In The World

Greeks have the highest stress levels on Earth, while over 90 percent of Paraguayans say they're happy.

And though citizens of Chad have the highest levels of sadness, their neighbours in Nigeria smile and laugh more than anyone else in the world.

This is according to Gallup's Global Emotions Report 2019, based on over 150,000 interviews with adults in more than 140 countries conducted in 2018.

There are striking disparities between the positive and negative experiences of individuals worldwide.

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Respondents were asked questions based on a variety of their positive and negative experiences from the day before.

Australians recorded a high Positive Experience Index score of 75 out of 100, and fairly low Negative Experience Index score of 23 out of 100.

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Only 35 percent of Australians interviewed said they were stressed, compared to 59 percent of Greeks and 55 percent of Americans.

Australians also said they experienced low levels of sadness (17 percent), while over half of Chadians (54 percent) admitted to feelings of misery.

Chad -- dubbed "The Most Negative Country In The World" -- had more than seven in 10 of its citizens struggling to afford food at some point in 2018.

Afghanistan had the lowest Positive Experience Index score, with only 36 percent of Afghans saying they had smiled or laughed the previous day.

As for the highest Positive Experience Index scores, Latin American countries took out the top five spots, a result that has occurred year after year.

Latin American countries taking out the top five spots on the Positive Experience Index is due to "the cultural tendency in the region to focus on life's positives". Image: Getty.

This is due to "the cultural tendency in the region to focus on life's positives", according to the report.

Despite Latin America's encouraging responses, negative experiences across the globe have reached record high levels and elevated percentages.

More than one in three said they experienced a lot of worry (39 percent) or stress (35 percent) while three in 10 had suffered physical pain (31 percent).

At least one in five people experienced sadness (24 percent) or anger (22 percent).

More than one in three people across the globe said they experienced a lot of worry in 2018. Image: Getty.

In a departure from most global happiness studies Gallup measured "both life satisfactions and emotions", according to Managing Partner Jon Clifton.

"The answer to whether money truly buys happiness is still far from being understood, but this report gives global thinkers an idea of who is living the best and worst lives in the world," Clifton said.

Contact the author: samelia@networkten.com.au