On this, the first day of a new decade, Gallup has posted results of a survey that anyone with a pulse could have predicted: “Americans less happy, more stressed in 2009.” You think?
The only thing that surprised me was how little happiness decreased from 2008. From the Gallup website:
The percentage of Americans experiencing a lot of happiness or enjoyment without a lot of stress or worry declined slightly from an average of 48.2% in 2008 to 47.4% in 2009, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Conversely, the percentage of Americans experiencing a lot of stress or worry but not a lot of happiness or enjoyment increased by about the same amount.
The survey also includes data on our happiest days from the last year. Not surprisingly, they all fall around holidays. Even… Flag Day?
And here we have the most stressful and worrisome days of 2009. Note that the House passing the stimulus bill didn’t do much for our collective psyche. In fact, that day stands out as the one Americans experienced the most stress and worry without happiness and enjoyment.
Here’s hoping for a happier and less stressful 2010. Working in our favor, we’re near the bottom looking up.
For more info: Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index