Failing at Happiness

By The Bolton Group, Special for  USDR

The State of Our Happiness Report for 2017 shows Americans are getting a failing  grade.

“Happiness in the US is on the decline. Overall, happiness is equivalent to a D+ in school,” said Chuck Bolton, the author of the study who is a reinvention coach for executives and top teams.  Fortunately, anyone can program himself or herself to be happy, if they follow the right  steps.

In a recently released study, “The State of Our Happiness in 2017,” 1,461 people who took an online assessment ranked their happiness a 69% on a scale of 1-100. Assessing the 8 most important areas of life, people are most happy with family (77%) and least happy about their health and fitness (64%) and significant other (65%).  Unhappiness with money wasn’t far behind  (66%).

Among the report’s key  findings:

  • The biggest “bomb” was how dissatisfied women are with their partners or significant others.  Sadly, this gap appears to grow as we age – a drop off of 15 points (71% to 56%).
  • The other sizable gap was happiness with money. Men were 7 points higher than women. This may be explained by the widely reported finding that even in 2016, men are the happier sex. They scored higher in happiness than women at 71% to 69%.
  • Among generational groups, Millennials were happiest at 75%. Baby Boomers followed at 69% with GenXers came last at 65%.
  • Among all respondents, Millennial females and males were tied as happiest at 75%.  GenX females were least happy at 65%.

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The full results of the study are available in Bolton’s newly released book, ““Reinvent Your Happiness: Five Steps to Your Best Self in 2017.” On launch day, the book was ranked #1 Hot New Release on Amazon in Coaching and Mentoring category. To get the print or Kindle book, go to  Amazon.

“What the study confirms is we tolerate low levels of happiness. We’ve got a big problem that needs to be fixed,” said Bolton. “Happiness is our birthright. It’s time to reclaim it.  We know that being happy doesn’t just make us feel better and be nicer to be around, but happiness drives success, creativity and productivity. Being happier is critical to being our best selves.  Think about the price you pay when you aren’t as happy as you could  be?”

Once we know our happiness levels we need to discover how to improve  them.

The good news is that everyone can reinvent their own happiness. 40% of our happiness is programmable by our voluntary activities – not subject to genetics or by circumstances,” he said.  The mind-sets, new beliefs, skills and habits can positively shape our happiness and overcome what is holding us back. His new book, Reinvent Your Happiness: Five Steps to Your Best Self in 2017, shows how to do this with the Reinvention Game Plan, a step-by-step  template.

“Of course, everyone is different and has their own needs. That’s why The Happiness Reinvention Game Plan can help an individual create a customized plan for getting happier,” he  said.

“Like anything worthwhile, it requires work. I call it Happiness Work on your way to a Happiness Reinvention. The book provides a holistic, step-by-step map for becoming a happier person. Your Happiness Work may be the most rewarding effort you’ve ever exerted,” he  said.

About Chuck  Bolton

Two-time Amazon bestselling author Chuck Bolton shows CEOs and senior leaders how to reinvent themselves in a disruptive, crazy busy world so they can achieve happiness, success and maximum  impact.

He’s the president of The Bolton Group LLC, an executive development firm headquartered in Minneapolis. He helps clients reinvent how they lead, become exceptional leaders and achieve remarkable results. He shows top executive teams how to reinvent themselves so they can perform, create great value and  win.

Chuck has coached and consulted more than 1,000 executives and assessed over 100 top teams in US, Canada, Europe and Israel. Several clients are award winners including: a CEO who is co-winner of the Nobel prize; a senior vice president who was Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Woman of the Year” in commercial real estate and a CEO named the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the  Year.”

He’s spoken at Harvard Business School and works with leaders at Abbott, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Cantel Medical, CR Bard, Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic, Optum, Quintiles, UnitedHealthcare and many  more.

Chuck loves inspiring others to reinvent themselves so they can become their best and make a difference in the  world.

SOURCE The Bolton  Group

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