LIGHTNING RELEASES (12/20/2013) – According to the latest survey from research company, YouGov, Americans seem to be inclined to happiness with 60% experiencing at least some moments of happiness every day.
Older Americans 55+ are more likely to be happy daily (68%) as are 72% of retired people.
Singles (51%) are less likely to be happy every day than married couples (66%). Parenting younger children, however, takes its toll. Parents of children 18+ (67%) are more likely to experience daily happiness than parents of younger children (57%).
Who is really happy?
- 72% of retired people are likely to be happy every day.
- 76% of those who are very satisfied with their jobs.
- Volunteers for charity (74%).
- Participants in team sport (75%).
- Those who are actively involved in politics (see below).
Running for or having held political office (79%), serving on committees (73%) and working for political parties (74%) apparently makes a person very happy indeed, although those actively involved in politics tend to be angrier than the general population.
On the flip side of the emoti-coin one in ten (10%) Americans are angry every single day, while a further one in three (34%) admit to veering into their personal red zones at least once a week.
Parents of younger children don’t fare well with anger levels; neither do those dissatisfied with their work:
- 14% of parents with children under 18 are angry at least once a day and 46% once a week.
- 18% of homemakers are likely to lose their cool on a daily basis.
- 21% of those who are fairly dissatisfied with their jobs are also likely to have a daily blowout compared to only 6% of those who are fairly satisfied at work.
The retired population seems to be the most mellow with only 3% admitting to daily meltdowns.
For more information and the complete survey tables visit : http://research.yougov.com/news/2013/12/19/most-americans-are-happy-every-day/
Note on Methodology
Total sample size was 1233 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13th – 16th December 2013. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).
YouGov is an international full-service research and consulting company, which has pioneered the use of technology to collect higher quality, in-depth data for companies, governments, and institutions so that they can better serve the people that sustain them. www.research.yougov.com