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Americans may be happier than expected

Jan. 17, 2011 at 2:39 AM   |   Comments

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Despite the economy, 22 percent of U.S. adults say when it comes to happiness they score a perfect 10, a survey indicates.

A national telephone survey, conducted the last week of December by Precision Opinion, indicates about 84 percent were on the happy side with a score of 6 to 10 on a happiness scale of one to 10, with 10 being perfectly happy.

Only about 6 percent rated themselves unhappy with a score of one to four and the national happiness survey says about 9 percent say they were neither happy nor unhappy with a score of 5.

The happiest age group is those age 61 and older -- 32 percent of this age group say they are very happy. Women are happier than men -- 25 percent of the women say they are very happy versus 19 percent of men. Twenty-five percent of those who say they are religious had a 10 versus 12 percent of the non-believers.

When looking back at 2010, 61 percent of U.S. adults say their happiness increased as the year ended, while 39 percent say they felt unhappier. Looking at 2011, 88 percent say they see their personal level of happiness rising this year.

The survey has a margin of error by 4.23 percentage points.

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