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The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index tracks daily how Americans evaluate their lives, both now and in five years, on the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, where "0" represents the worst possible life and "10" represents the best possible life. Respondents are classified by Gallup as "thriving" if they rate their current life a 7 or higher and their future life an 8 or higher. Respondents are classified as "suffering" if they rate their current life 0 to 4 and their future life 0 to 4. Those who are neither "thriving" nor "suffering" are classified as "struggling." Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; margin of error is ±5 percentage points.
The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index tracks daily the percentage of Americans who, reflecting on the day before they were surveyed, say they experienced a lot of happiness and enjoyment without a lot of stress and worry versus the percentage who say they experienced daily worry and stress without a lot of happiness and enjoyment. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 500 national adults; margin of error is ±5 percentage points.
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.
Starting this year, in partnership with the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation, Gallup is expanding its global studies of wellbeing.
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