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Hungary 4th “Most Loving” country (Aw, that’s nice.)

Analysis

An annual by-product of the Valentine’s Day season over at Gallup Organization international pollsters is its simple survey consisting of a single question: “Did you experience love for a lot of the day yesterday?” And finally here’s an international poll in which Hungary can be proud of its standing, with a whopping 89% answering the query in the affirmative, fourth-best score among 138 nations polled and tops in Europe.

The rankings defied any sort of generalization with regard to economic status, weather conditions, family size or really any metric, with Hungary topped by disparate cultures of the Philippines (93%), Rwanda (92%) and Puerto Rico (90%) while finishing just ahead of Cyprus (88%) and Trinidad & Tobago (88%). Rounding out the top 10 were Paraguay, Lebanon, Costa Rica and Cambodia, while the European Union’s second-high behind Hungary was Spain (83%) in the no. 13 spot; finishing well at the bottom of the table were Kyrgyzstan (34%), Mongolia (32%), Uzbekistan (32%) and Armenia (29%).

Study authors Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers sought some correlation between economic data and belovedness, but appear pleased to have found no strong connection. Though admitting that “Money is related to love” because “Roughly speaking, doubling your income is associated with being about 4% more likely to be loved,” “what is perhaps more striking is how little money matters on a global level.”

In announcing the study’s results, Stevenson and Wolfers concluded that “If we can find more love for our fellow citizens, our society will function better. Hard as this may be to achieve in an era when trust in government, business and one another is low, it’s worth the effort. When you expand the boundaries of trust and reciprocity, you expand the boundaries of what is possible.”

Now isn’t that nice.

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