The Philippines has been named as one of the happiest countries in the world, according to a survey conducted by association of polling organizations Gallup International.

The said survey which was conducted in the late quarter of 2017 across 55 countries globally with around 50,000 participants put the Philippines in the third spot with +84 net happiness score next to Colombia with +87 (2nd) and Fiji with + 92 (1st).

While it retained the same spot as last year’s survey results, the Philippines has recorded a five-point increase in its net happiness score.

“2017 was a rough year with terrorist attacks over almost each week and it may have influenced personal lives around the world. Nevertheless, a majority in all polled countries are happy,” writes Gallup on its website.

Gallup also mentioned that the Philippines placed fifth in the list of countries who felt optimistic as the year 2018 commences with a net score of +32. The Philippines is also one of the top 10 countries who felt hopeful that the current year will be better than the past year, landing on the ninth spot of the poll’s Hope Index with a total optimism score of +40.

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