Research released by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index last week points to a significant decline in overall well-being among all Americans over the past six months “ more than 123 million Americans are now estimated to be struggling or suffering. Those struggling outnumber those thriving for the fourth consecutive month.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is an ongoing, long-term measurement of personal well-being based on the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as “not only the absence of infirmity and disease but also a state of physical, mental and social well-being.” The Well-Being Index determines the correlation between the places where people work and the communities in which they live, and how that and other factors impact their well-being.

The survey of nearly 200,000 respondents between January and July shows that American™s well-being score has decreased 5.4 percent in the last six months “ and a shift of this magnitude is a significant reflection of the changing well-being of the American people. The report also reveals that the percentage of Americans who believe their standard of living is getting worse has increased from a 30.6 percent average in January, to a 42.2 percent average in July, which also coincides with the percentage decline of Americans who are thriving.

Some key findings from the research:

  • The overwhelming majority of Americans – among all economic brackets – hold negative views about the economy.
  • Confidence in the US economy is dipping as prices for necessities, like gas and food, are rising. This trend is showing that more and more middle- and upper-income Americans are struggling.
  • Economic problems are increasingly hitting home for a broader cross-section of Americans.
  • One element of worsening economic conditions “ rising gas prices “ has been proven to impact well-being. Well-Being Index research proves that as gas prices are going up, well-being goes down at the same rate. The data shows the same trend for when food costs go up as well.

The full report is available at

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