With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, LifeWay Research asked Americans what they’re most thankful for — and the results are intriguing.
First and foremost, the vast majority of Americans — 88 percent — said they were grateful for their family, 77 percent were thankful for their health and 72 percent expressed gratitude for personal freedom.
Additionally, 71 percent selected friends and 67 percent said they are thankful for memories. See the complete list below:
Perhaps most notable is the fact that wealth is at the bottom of the list, with just 32 percent expressing thankfulness for money leading into this holiday season. And second to last was “achievements” (51 percent).
These proportions led LifeWay Research executive director Scot McConnell to conclude that “the blessings that matter most are the ones money can’t buy.”
As it turns out, age mattered in the survey, with 92 percent of older Americans — those 65 and older — selecting family and 86 percent of that cohort selecting health for what they’re most grateful for. Meanwhile, 77 percent of those under the age of 25 selected “fun experiences” and 61 percent selected “achievements,” showing a gratitude gap between the generations.
Only two percent of respondents said they’re not thankful for any of the 10 options provided to them.
Additionally, when asked what they are most thankful for, 61 percent of Americans selected family — an overwhelming winner among the 10, with health coming in at a distant second (13 percent).
The LifeWay survey was based on a sample of 1,000 Americans. See the complete results here.
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