Americans Get Happier As They Get Older

Some claim youth is the best time to be alive, but a new study shows Americans actually tend to get happier as they get older. In a poll from Gallup-Healthways, older adults in the U.S. scored higher on a survey of well-being than did their younger counterparts. Specifically, adults ages 55 and older scored an average of 63.6 out of 100, which is three points higher than the average score of adults younger than 55. Gallup calculated this well-being score based on participants’ answers to questions about different aspects of well-being, including how they rated their sense of purpose, social relationships, financial lives, community involvement and physical health. As Americans get older, they tend to report greater satisfaction with their standard of living and increased financial stability, as well as less worry and stress. (Fox