Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Pluck of the Irish

One of most interesting findings from five years of tracking the mood of the nation is just how moody we're not. My company has asked one thousand different people every month about their feelings since April 2009 and - apart from a brief wobble around October 2010 when the IMF came calling - we've been remarkably calm and consistent throughout the entire period.

In fact, the emotions experienced most often are happiness and enjoyment, followed - often at lag - by stress and worry:



You can download the entire data series from April 2009 to April 2014 here.

1 comment:

  1. In general people tend to return to a baseline level of happiness once the transient of a good or bad event has passed. That said, this is the country where all respondents will come up with "ah, grand", if they are ecstatic or in the depths of depression.

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