"Americans have always had a thing about happiness. We all have certain unalienable rights, declares our Declaration of Independence, among them 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
So then, a couple of centuries into the chase, how are we doing?
Alas, only so-so. Just a third (34%) of adults in this country say they're very happy, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey. Another half say they are pretty happy and 15% consider themselves not too happy. These numbers have remained very stable for a very long time."