Latin Americans happiest people in world: Poll

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QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

Latin Americans are the happiest people in the world, according to a global poll.

Canada didn't even make the top 10 in the survey which asked 1,000 people in 148 countries last year if they were well-rested, felt respected, smiled or laughed a lot, and learned something interesting the day before, among other questions.

Panama and Paraguay came out on top, with 85% of people reporting a positive outlook, according to the poll by Gallup. Following up closely were El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Guatemala.

The findings may be surprising for some, given the high crime rate and poverty in Latin America.

The study suggests a prosperous economy doesn't necessarily equal happiness.

Panama, home to the most upbeat people on the planet, ranks 90th in the world for GDP per capita, while Singapore, home to the "least positive" citizens, ranks fifth in the world for GDP per capita.

The U.S. ranked 35th, just beating China. Canada was 11th.


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