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Meeting Ideal Goals

Americans were asked how close they are to meeting their ideal goals; analysts at KRC Research used the answers to develop measures of happiness they call “quality quotients.” Answers above 8 indicate general happiness; those below 7 denote relative unhappiness.

Priority

Percent Who Rank Issue as One of the Top Three Priorities in Life

Quality Quotient

1. Family life

68%

8.18

2. Spiritual life

46%

8.25

3. Health

44%

7.68

4. Financial situation

25%

5.98

5. Their jobs

23%

6.82

6. Romantic life

18%

7.71

7. Leisure Time

14%

6.14

8. Their homes

11%

8.12

U.S.News & World Report, (12/11/95), quoted in Preaching Resoureces, Spring, 1996.