Friday, October 16, 2009

Mid life is the pits

Young adults in their late teens and early 20s report the highest levels of happiness among all Americans, while their counterparts in their 50s and 80s are the least content, according an analysis of more than 600,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews from 2008 and 2009.

Producing this chart is more for amusement than its usefulness, however, it provides the evidence to construct some amusing age stereotypes. You can clearly see the mid-life crisis group and the grumpy old man.

For those of you reading this blog, who are in their mid-50s, it provides the hope that life gets better, not a lot, but at bit.

A much more useful set of stats can be found in the monthly analysis that Gallup produces - here are the Sept numbers. Dick Stroud

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