Latinos aren’t the happiest bunch. According to a Harris Poll survey of 2,345 Americans, Hispanics fared the worst when it comes to cheerfulness. Just 28 percent of those surveyed said that they were “very happy,” which is down 35 percent from 2011.
The survey was conducted online between April 10 and 15, 2013 by Harris Interactive, a market research firm headquartered in New York, New York.
Besides Latinos, other groups to have reported lessened happiness are African-Americans (their percentage went down from 44 percent to 36 percent) and anyone earning less than $50,000 a year (from 33 to 29 percent). Of course, we can’t talk about unhappiness without mention college graduates, who are faced with a roughed-up job market.
In a written summary of its survey, the Harris poll mentioned the role of politics that may play a factor in the decreased happiness among the Latinos polled, in particular the contentious discussion of immigration policy in recent months. Comprehensive immigration reform has no doubt been in the forefront of many Latinos’ consciousness, especially now that it seems to be making its way through Congress.
More broadly speaking, only a third of Americans are very happy and just FYI, the Harris Happiness Index is calculated by asking survey participants if they agree or disagree with a list of statements, some negative and others positive. Those who say they strongly agree with statements such as "my relationships with friends bring me happiness" or "I rarely worry about my health" are considered very happy.
So... are you unhappy?