Despite a roller coaster economy and the constantthreat of terrorism, 71% of Americans stillfeel optimistic about being able to live the good life,according to a survey by the market research firmRoperASW. That number is surprising, consideringthat 72% of Americans felt the same way back in1999, long before the stock market bust and theSept. 11 attacks.
However, the way we define the "good life" isever changing. According to RoperASW, 89% ofAmericans believe that the good life means owningyour own home. Other findings from the surveyinclude the following:
Despite most respondents claiming that they possessedthe keys to their idea of the good lifeâ€”a house,good health, a car, and childrenâ€”only 9% said theyhad achieved good life status.