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The pandemic year that will go down in history set records for stress, worry, anger and sadness among both men and women worldwide, according to a new planetary survey of emotions in 2020.

Stress levels rose the most, with a “record-high 40% of adults worldwide” saying they experienced stress “a lot of the previous day,” according to Gallup’s 2021 Global Emotions Index. That was the highest level in the 15 years, the report said.

Globally, women with young children at home bore the brunt of the stress, worry, anger and sadness that people experienced during the pandemic of 2020.

Stress increased in half of the 116 countries surveyed, with “double-digit increases in stress in 21 countries,” the report said. That means almost 190 million more people worldwide experienced significant stress last year than in years past.

Sickness and death from Covid-19 was obviously a huge part of the stress and negative emotions, as was the economic impact of the pandemic, the survey found.

“Half of those working at the time of the pandemic said they earned less money because of COVID-19, and 32% of people said they lost their job,” Jon Clifton, Gallup’s global managing partner, wrote in his opening statement on the survey.

“In all, 80% of people said COVID-19 affected them in some way.”

Not every country experienced stress during 2020, the report noted. It ranged from a high of 66% in Peru, “which represents a new high for the country,” to a “low of 13% in Kyrgyzstan, where stress levels have historically been low and stayed low in 2020,” the report said.

A negative trend continues

For 15 consecutive years, polling giant Gallup has asked people around the world about their positive and negative emotions. For this report, Gallup surveyed nationally representative samples of 160,000 people from 116 countries during 2020 and early 2021.

Just as it did in 2019, Iraq led the world on the negative experience index in 2020. Gallup found 56% of Iraqis said they experienced pain, 51% reported anger and 50% reported sadness.

Taiwan scored lowest on the negative emotion index, the same ranking it attained in 2019.

Globally, the increase in negative emotions actually began 10 years ago, the report said. One key reason is political and economic upheaval. Partly for those reasons, people in Lebanon and Turkey reported few positive experiences in the survey.