The latest results collected from Northwestern Mutual’s Optimism Barometer, an online measurement tool, indicate a distinct upward trend in positive outlooks among Americans, despite the near-term challenges of the current economic climate. Most notably, recent data has revealed a 60% year-over-year jump in people who scored at the highest end of the optimism scale.

“These results suggest that Americans are, in increasing numbers, accepting the reality of the ‘new normal’ while also being able to see beyond the immediate challenges of the current economic cycle and remain optimistic about their long-term prospects,” said Greg Oberland, executive vice president at Northwestern Mutual, a Milwaukee provider of life insurance. “We find it encouraging that Americans appear to be widening their time horizons and bringing a long-term approach to how they pursue their goals. It’s something at the very core of what we believe in, and aim to deliver through our process; and it¹s a strategy that also has broad applications beyond finances in people¹s lives.”

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