Is your life today the best, the worst—or something in between? Today, how do you answer this standard Gallup question …
Imagine a ladder with steps 0, 1, 2, 3 and so forth up to 10. The top step, 10, is the best possible life; the bottom step, 0, is the worst possible life.
On which step would you say your life is today?
Where will you be five years from now?
Gallup asks such questions on a daily basis, so we know how Americans and people around the globe respond over time. Gallup combines into a single score a person’s evaluation of life today and in five years.
Your rating of life today and five years from now puts you in one of three categories, according to Gallup: thriving, struggling, or suffering. Thriving means that a person has a positive and strong evaluation of life now and in the future. A person in the thriving category is standing today on rung 7 or higher, and expects to be on at least 8 in the future. At the bottom of the ladder, people who are suffering say their life today is on step 4 or lower—and they expect to be in the same place five years from now. People who are struggling are on the middle rungs of the ladder, with those who are thriving above them and those who are suffering below.
During last week, only 4% of Americans said they were suffering. Most Americans were either thriving (49% to 51%) or struggling (45% – 46%).
What step are you on today?
What step do you expect to be on in five years?
Are you thriving, struggling, or suffering?
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