Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Although it is one of the simplest emotions, happiness can be hard to explain. Who is happiest? And what IS it that makes us happy? The Harris Pollset out to answer these and other questions with its periodic Harris Poll Happiness Index, an online survey of U.S. adults. So, who is happy?
31 percent of Americans say they are very happy, which is down from 35% in 2008.
  • Among women, 33 percent say they are very happy, compared with the 29 percent of men who say the same thing. 
  • People of faith tend to be happier than those who are not religiously engaged. Specifically, 42 percent of those who attend religious services weekly or more say they are happy, compared with the 30 percent who never attend who say they are happy. 
  • Who says money can't buy happiness? The higher the income, the greater the percentage of people who say they are very happy. 38 percent of those earning $100,000 a year or more say they are very happy, compared with only 30 percent of those earning $34,999 or less. 
  • About 8 in 10 U.S. adults (81 percent) say they are generally happy with their life right now, suggesting that people may overstate how happy they really are. 

What makes us happy? People find the most happiness in their relationships with family and friends, as well as their spiritual beliefs, optimism about the future and hobbies and pastimes they enjoy.

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