“While the attitudes on the economy may be improving, we’re seeing that this is not translating into an improvement in overall happiness.”
America; why the long face? Only a third of Americans describe themselves as very happy, according to a new Harris Poll of 2,345 adults.
Harris’ Happiness Index further finds that:
· Those ages 50 and up are more likely to be very happy than their younger counterparts
· Hispanic-Americans are less likely than whites and African-Americans to describe themselves as happy
· Women are happier than men
· Democrats and Republicans are happier than political independents
On the plus side, 90 percent of Americans agree with the statements, “I have positive relationships with my family members” and “My relationships with friends bring me happiness.” More than three-fourths (77 percent) proclaim that at this time, they are generally happy with their life. Just over one-third (34 percent) describe their work as frustrating, down from 39 percent in 2011, when the last Happiness Index was compiled.
On the down said, while 67 percent said they are optimistic about the future, that’s down from 75 percent in 2011. Also, 42 percent (up from 38 percent two years ago) do not believe that they will get much benefit from the things they do anytime soon, while 36 percent said they rarely engage in hobbies and pastimes they enjoy, up from 38 percent in 2011.
The Happiness Index is “a reflection of the state of affairs in our country, said Regina Corso, Senior Vice President of the Harris Poll, in a statement. “While the attitudes on the economy may be improving, we’re seeing that this is not translating into an improvement in overall happiness.”
A recent survey of Affluent investors conducted by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner found contradictory views on money as a guarantor of happiness. While only one-in-five Millionaires said that money can buy happiness, declarations of happiness increased steadily with net worth. Less than one-fourth of investors with a net worth of less than $100,000 (not including primary residence) rated their happiness as a nine or a ten vs. 44 percent for Millionaires with a net worth of $5 million or more (NIPR).
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.