Well-being Stalls or Worsens Across the Country

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Feb 13, 2018

A Gallup survey has found that general well-being across the U.S. has stalled or, in some cases, even gotten worse, according to CNBC. Based on interviews with 160,000 people, Gallup found that, when asking about  purpose, social, financial, community and physical metrics, 21 states actually got worse overall from 2016 to 2017, a higher rate than seen in even the height of the financial crisis in 2009, which saw similar declines in 15 states. The devil, however, is in the details. People actually reported themselves to be in better physical health than they were before, but these gains were eclipsed by losses regarding their social lives and their sense of purpose. People experience significant worry more frequently, are less interested in doing things, and are more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression. CNBC also said that fewer people get positive energy from their friends and family members, like what they do every day, or have a leader in their life who makes them enthusiastic about the future. The survey also found that this nationwide funk was not evenly distributed: those at the upper end of the income spectrum were generally happier than those at the lower end, with the well-being gap closely mirroring the nationwide income gap. 

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