Table 1. Mean happiness by self-reported health status, birth cohorts over indicated age spans, 1972–2000
Mean happiness
Birth cohort Age span Excellent health Good health Fair health Poor health
1951-1960 23-45 2.36 2.12 1.85 1.63
1941-1950 27-55 2.37 2.17 1.92 1.74
1931-1940 37-65 2.43 2.23 1.98 1.74
1921-1930 47-75 2.48 2.24 2.06 1.83
1911-1920 57-85 2.52 2.27 2.12 1.96
  • Data are from ref. 19.