advertisement advertisement advertisement With so much bad news swirling around—COVID-19, politics, racial injustice—you’d think Americans would be throwing up their arms and gobbling down ice cream. advertisement advertisement But according to an exclusive new Fast Company-Harris poll, 75% say they’re feeling about the same or better in 2021 compared to how they felt previously during this time of year. And people who normally contend with seasonal depression are twice as likely to say they’re feeling better this year versus previous years—32% compared to 16%. The study also finds that 79% of Americans report feeling their sense of purpose in life is stronger than or about the same as this time last year (though individuals with seasonal affective disorder were twice as likely to have weaker senses of purpose). Experts say the harrowing year we’ve all just been through could have played a role in reminding people to appreciate what they have in life. “All these shocks have really gotten people focused on their own values and putting them out into the world,” explains Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and host of the “Happier” podcast. “When you can’t see family members or friends, it makes everyone realize how much they… Read full this story
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