According to a new comprehensive study released by Gallup, only one-in-three to one-in-four American adults are emotionally healthy. Over 520,000 participants (over 18 and employed,) were asked a series of questions regarding their emotional health, and were also asked to reveal any diagnosis of clinical depression.
The results indicated that adults over 60 are the happiest, with those ages 70-79 topping the charts at 36%. The unhappiest among the age groups were the 40-44-year-old’s who are at 24%. In comparison, this in line with 25-50 year old’s where the number was only between 1 and 2% higher.
The study included many facets of emotional health, including stress, anxiety and anger, as opposed to many other studies which focus only on happiness. And the results of the study are fairly absolute, as the original findings also took other external factors into consideration.
As mentioned above, this study focused specifically on the US. The country didn’t make the cut in the Top 10 Happiest Nations which was compiled by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index, and analyzed by Wall Street this past June. Across the board, Denmark is usually takes the #1 spot in any happiness survey, and in the OECD findings, Canada ranked #2, though I would be curious to see the results of a study using identical methods. A major contributing factor is thought to be the fact that in a country such as Denmark, there is a reasonable balance between work time and relaxing.
An eye-opening study to say the least.
What are your thoughts about the results of this study? Do you find it surprising that only a small percentage of Americans are considered emotionally healthy?
Source: Huffington Post