Every week, Gallup.com publishes new wellbeing findings. Here is a roundup of this week's key insights:
- Worst December for flu on record in U.S.: An average of 3.2% of Americans said they had the flu on any given day in December, more than said so in the same month in any previous December since Gallup started tracking the flu daily in 2008.
- Residents affected by Superstorm Sandy are more depressed: Residents in ZIP codes most affected by Sandy reported a 25% increase in depression post-storm.
- Combating Greek pessimism: More than four in 10 Greeks in 2011 expected their lives to get worse -- the highest level of pessimism in any of the 148 countries Gallup surveyed. But Greek leaders can turn things around, according to the Gallup Business Journal, by addressing four basic needs.