Feeling Good About Life In General, Albeit Less So About Some Aspects

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Psychologists theorize that each person has a “happiness set point.” While external events—a financial windfall, a disabling injury, etc.—can temporarily shift one’s mood, it soon reverts to its accustomed state. The Harris Poll’s annual “Feel Good Index” suggests the same might be true of the population en masse. Despite the turmoil of recent years, there’s been relatively little change in the degree to which Americans feel good about their own lives and the condition of the country.

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