Americans are stressed but optimistic, Cigna's vitality report shows

Adults in the U.S. are more stressed but also more optimistic than they were a year ago, according to the Cigna Group's second annual "Vitality in America" study released Oct. 26. 

Cigna unveiled the Evernorth Vitality Index last year as a way to measure multiple areas of population mental and physical health. According to the report, vitality is composed of eight interdependent, dynamic dimensions of health and well-being: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. 

The report is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. adults fielded in June by Morning Consultant. 

Four findings: 

1. U.S. adults reported a 67.2 out of 100 average vitality score — roughly the same as the 67.4 score reported in last year's survey. 

2. Adults are most stressed about their finances, followed by their housing conditions, work, family or social relationships, and health.

3. More adults are optimistic this year, with 47% reporting they look forward to each new day, up from 43% last year. Forty-one percent reported feeling alive and vital compared to 39% last year.  

4. Gen Z had the lowest level of vitality, with 12% of adults born between 1997 and 2005 reporting high vitality. The group's low vitality comes with lower levels of physical, social, intellectual, emotional and environmental well-being than older generations, particularly baby boomers. 

Read the full report here.

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