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What's Your Happiness Number?
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Whats your number? On a scale of one to ten how would you rate your level of optimism about your life and the future? Every Sunday, reporter Matt Hammill asks you to share your thoughts in Say What and this week the topic is your rating on life.
The last decade brought concerns for many people, including job security, rising prices for gas, heat and other essentials and challenges that could leave many depressed about the future. On a day when the number one song in the country is a pop piece called Happy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM&feature=kp that mixes the best of modern rhythm and blues with the classic vocal style of Steely Dan, we asked shoppers in NewBo about their level of happiness.
Angie Litts says she is a very optimistic person in general, but right now her emotions score near the top, Id say on a scale of one to ten, Im pretty close to a ten. I have a lot of faith and I think its an everyday kind of feeling I have.
But others say even though their lives are good, they see their neighbors struggling. Madison Mitchell says her number is a six. She says everyone deals with ups and downs and sometimes you just have to take it a day at a time, Even just how people treat each other and how everyone gets along in our world and neighborhoods. I think people should be happy and take people for who they are and not judge them by what they see.
On Facebook, some of you noted the bickering and bullying in Washington makes you less optimistic about the future. Audrey posts that the economy in general puts her number at about a three, Housing and rents are making it impossible to live and food and gas prices are sucking you dry. But Marybeth writes, Eight for us. Job, house and healthy kids. What more do I need.
Back in NewBo Amanda Mikesell echoes that feeling of hope for the future. She says her number for her level of optimism would have to be an eight, I feel good about life, like this city is coming together and work is great. Everything is good for me and you can just enjoy it.