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smiley Walmart faceHow Happy is America?

4 BYU MBA Students teamed with Harris Interactive to design the National Happiness Index—a poll that measured Americans’ overall happiness.

2,513 adults were surveyed; only 35 percent described themselves as “very happy.”

82 percent of people with a college education considered themselves “optimistic about the future”—12 percent more than those with a high school diploma only.

45 percent of respondents described themselves as “very religious.” They came in 10 points higher on the happiness index than Americans as a whole.

29 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are “very happy” according to the survey, compared to 47 percent of respondents 65 and older.

 

Lost and Found … and Sold

3 a.m. was the estimated time that the first customers arrived to wait in line for BYU’s annual Lost and Found Sale on Sept. 27, 2008.

$350 was paid for the most expensive item at the sale—a Canon Digital Rebel XT camera.

$0.25 cents was the price for the least expensive item at the sale—a pair of earrings.random items

27 iPods sold at an average price of $52 each.

$5 was the average price of items sold.