April 30, 2019

Happiness in American is declining, according to the latest data from the General Social Survey, one of the longest-running and most highly regarded public opinion research projects in the nation.

On a scale of 1 to 3, where 1 represents “not too happy” and 3 means “very happy,” Americans on average give themselves a 2.18 – a hair above “pretty happy.” That’s a significant decline from the nation’s peak happiness, as measure by the survey, in the early 1990s. The figure peaked at 2.26 in 1993.

SOURCE: Washington Post, 3/31/19