Editor's Note: Gallup re-estimated its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Life Evaluation Index data from January 2008 to April 2009 to address context effects that Gallup discovered after the data were originally published.
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On a given day, 49% of Americans experience a lot of enjoyment/happiness, while 10% experience intense stress/worry. The percentage of Americans who experience a lot of happiness/enjoyment compared to those who experience intense stress/worry is highest for those who report spending six to seven hours socializing.
In most countries worldwide, Gallup finds that people who have a television in their homes also express higher well-being and optimism than do those without TVs in their homes.
Gallup data from 130 countries indicate that higher incomes provide some protection against the effects of aging on health satisfaction.