Containing the anger virus

June 7, 2020 15:00 pm

PARIS – The small landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which lies between China and India, is not only a tourist mecca. The country has also long pioneered the concept of “gross national happiness” (GNH), which its architects regard as far more comprehensive and accurate than the conventional measure of an economy, gross national product, or GNP.

Nearly everybody experiences anger in everyday life, whether its frustrations about making ends meet, the state of public transport or a misunderstanding at work. Gallup's 2019 Global Emotions Report set out to gauge emotions (including anger levels) in 143 countries. Anger tends to manifest itself more often in certain parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East.