Here’s How Happy Americans Are Right Now

By Alexandra Sifferlin | Time | By many accounts, Americans are living in contentious times. Yet they report being happier in 2017 than they were in 2016, according the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, shared exclusively with TIME. That’s not to say that Americans are especially happy overall; only 33% of Americans surveyed said […]

By Alexandra Sifferlin | Time |

By many accounts, Americans are living in contentious times. Yet they report being happier in 2017 than they were in 2016, according the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness, shared exclusively with TIME.

That’s not to say that Americans are especially happy overall; only 33% of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In 2016, just 31% of Americans reported the same.

The Harris Poll, which has been conducting a happiness survey for the last nine years, surveyed 2,202 Americans ages 18 and older in May 2017. The survey was not designed to measure why Americans are or are not happy, but John Gerzema, CEO of the HarrisPoll, has some ideas.

“It’s really interesting that Americans’ overall happiness went up from last year—a year of alt-facts, mean tweets and robots coming for our jobs,” Gerzema says. “Either people are becoming immune to the news, or there’s a promise of change for so many Americans that felt alienated.”

Read more at TIME

 

About The Harris Poll Happiness Index
The Index was started in 2008 and asks Americans (on an agree/disagree scale) about nine areas in their lives that contribute to their overall happiness and takes an average of those who strongly agree with the positive statements and strongly disagree with the negative statements. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,202 U.S. adults aged 18+ surveyed online between May 11 and 22, 2017.