Feeling good about country linked to well being

February 10th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) The more satisfied people are with their country, the better they feel about their lives, especially people in low income groups or in relatively poor countries. The study is based on a Gallup World Poll that reached about 1,000 people in each of 128 countries, obtaining a total of more than 130,000 responses.

People were asked about job satisfaction, household income, how they feel about their life and their country, the journal Psychological Science reports.

“We predicted that people who were experiencing rough times - those with little money or living in a very poor country - would look to other areas where they might be able to console themselves,” says Mike Morrison, who led the study.

Morrison is a candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who wrote the study with Louis Tay and Ed Diener, according to a Illinois University statement.

Indeed, that’s what they found. No matter where you are in the world, feeling good about your country turned out to be highly associated with personal well-being.

But this association was stronger for people with low incomes, people who live in poorer nations, and people in non-Western nations.

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