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Study: Americans feeling better than last year but most still aren't happy

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Americans are reportedly feeling more joyful this year than last, but the majority still aren't happy.

The 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness shows only 33% of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In 2016, it was a slightly smaller 31% of Americans.

Men and women in high-income households and those with a high school diploma or less reported being the happiest.

Men reported a greater increase in happiness levels compared to women, though they were more likely to say they were frustrated at work.

One of the biggest jumps involved faith; 71% of Americans said their spiritual beliefs were a positive guiding force, compared to 66% in 2016.

People on both sides of the aisle experienced about the same increase in happiness levels. Republicans tend to report overall higher happiness.

Even though health care is up in the air, 53% of Americans surveyed said they rarely worry about their health, up from 48% in 2016.

Although the survey doesn't seek to understand the why behind these findings, it could have to do with our free time. Almost 40% of Americans said that they rarely participate in hobbies and pastimes they enjoy.

But despite all of that, 72% of people said they are optimistic about the future.