The study also allows Americans to “grade” themselves on various aspects of their lives, including family, personal life, work and community. According to New York Life, Americans give themselves the equivalent of a “B-plus” across all four categories.
Relationships with their children earn the highest marks, with a B-plus from the study. But marriage health only earned a B-minus, as does “providing a good life for your family.”
Spirituality earns a D-plus from survey respondents, while “being patriotic” only garners a C-minus. Yet Americans still believe they are good to their fellow human, and that they possess healthy levels of integrity (a B-plus on both fronts).
Americans prove to be tough self-graders in two key areas–earning a D in “achieving financial success” and an F in “participating in community events.”
That may explain why so many Americans are turning to the family cocoon to gain fulfillment out of life. Increasingly, they’re not fulfilled at church, at work, at the bank or in the community.