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With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, the statistics guru debunks myths about the so-called « developing world. »
Stats that reshape your worldview
I stumbled upon some « random acts of kindness » online:
I thought, there should be a website/organization promoting that. And if not, I should start it. So I Googled it (what else?!) and found the official RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) website. I love the idea, and thought it was worth sharing!
THE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS FOUNDATION
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
Randomactsofkindness.org is a platform where media, education, community, social networking and entertainment connect people with inspiration, tools, resources, organizations and a larger support network to help them take action, get involved, harvest and share the benefits of kind actions in their daily lives and society.
All who join Randomactsofkindness.org can participate in and contribute to a thriving movement where members engaged in thinking, doing and sharing kindness are changing the world.
Established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation is privately held and funded. They accept no donations, grants or membership dues. They do not provide financial assistance to individuals or organizations. The Foundation has no religious or organizational affiliations and encourage the practice of kindness in all sectors of society.
As people from different cultures and from all walks of life join to spread kindness, they are creating a powerful, synergistic action throughout the world. Please join us in bringing kindness and compassion to our local and global communities!
Everyday, there is a kindness idea featured and today’s Kindness Idea is:
Be Kind To Someone You Dislike
Make an effort to be polite to someone you don’t get along with. Go out of your way to say hello or have a conversation with them. Getting to know and understand him or her better might help you appreciate your differences.
A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries
Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer “yes” to questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, the more emotional they’re deemed to be.
Gallup has tallied up the average “yes” responses from respondents in almost every country on Earth. The results, which I’ve mapped out above, are as fascinating as they are indecipherable. The color-coded key in the map indicates the average percentage of people who answered “yes.” Dark purple countries are the most emotional, yellow the least. Here are a few takeaways.
Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. ”Singaporeans recognize they have a problem,” Bloomberg Businessweek writes of the country’s “emotional deficit,” citing a culture in which schools “discourage students from thinking of themselves as individuals.” They also point to low work satisfaction, competitiveness, and the urban experience: “Staying emotionally neutral could be a way of coping with the stress of urban life in a place where 82 percent of the population lives in government-built housing.”
The Philippines is the world’s most emotional country. It’s not even close; the heavily Catholic, Southeast Asian nation, a former colony of Spain and the U.S., scores well above second-ranked El Salvador.
Post-Soviet countries are consistently among the most stoic. Other than Singapore (and, for some reason, Madagascar and Nepal), the least emotional countries in the world are all former members of the Soviet Union. They are also the greatest consumers of cigarettes and alcohol. This could be what you call and chicken-or-egg problem: if the two trends are related, which one came first? Europe appears almost like a gradient here, with emotions increasing as you move West.
People in the Americas are just exuberant. Every nation on the North and South American continents ranked highly on the survey. Americans and Canadians are both among the 15 most emotional countries in the world, as well as ten Latin countries. The only non-American countries in the top 15, other than the Philippines, are the Arab nations of Oman and Bahrain, both of which rank very highly.
English- and Spanish-speaking societies tend to be highly emotional and happy. Though the Anglophone nations of the world retain deep cultural links, it’s not clear if Spain’s emotional depth has anything to do with Latin America’s. According to Gallup, “Latin America leads the world when it comes to positive emotions, with Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela at the top of that list.” Yes, even Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela is apparently filled with happy people.
Africans are generally stoic, with some significant exceptions. The continent is among the world’s least emotional, though there is wide variation, which serves as a non-definitive but interesting reminder of Africa’s cultural diversity. Each could be its own captivating case study. It’s possible that South Africa’s high rating has to do with its cultural ties to Western Europe, for example, and Nigeria’s may have to do with the recent protest movement in the south and sectarian violence in the north.
The Middle East is not happy. Gallup notes, “Negative emotions are highest in the Middle East and North Africa, with Iraq, Bahrain, and the Palestinian Territories leading the world in negative daily experiences.” Still, that doesn’t quite fully explain the high emotions in the Levant and on the Arabian peninsula, compared to the lower emotions in Libya, Algeria, and Morocco. Perhaps this hints at how people in these countries are being affected by the still-ongoing political turmoil of the Arab Spring.
Read on the Washington Post
The BBC just published a fun interactive way to « scale » yourself in the world population, which is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks.
After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Click here!
Je ne vous apprends rien, le monde n’a pas toujours été comme on le connait aujourd’hui. Des territoires ont été découverts, des populations ont migré, et les événements importants de l’histoire l’ont façonné. Afin d’avoir un aperçu de cette évolution, Gareth Lloyd à repris les principaux articles Wikipedia et les a géolocalisés dans le temps (14.238 événements, quel boulot!).
En montrant sur une carte du monde la chronologie des évènements, il retrace l’histoire du monde en 100 secondes!
La vidéo commence en 499 avant J.-C., lorsque la plupart des événements documentés apparaissent en Europe. Autour des premiers points on peut observer une certaine activité en Asie. Enfin, vers 1492, avec la découverte de l’Amérique par Christophe Colomb, il ya un regain d’activité dans le monde entier.
Faites avance rapide jusqu’à aujourd’hui, et vous avez une image qui ressemble à une carte moderne !
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