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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Bad economic news, the stimulus bill, Afghanistan, and Michael Jackson’s memorial service coincide with 2009’s most stressful and worrisome days.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2008 and 2009 show that "worry" is a much more common emotion among young and middle-aged Americans than among seniors. A similar age-related pattern occurs for reports of stress.