Happy days are here again, and Americans have never felt better about it, according to a new survey.

A new Rasmussen Reports survey said that 74 percent of adults rate the life as good or excellent, the highest level of satisfaction ever recorded by the pollster.

That's is up from 61 percent in 2010 and 67 percent in 2014. And just 5 percent rate their life as poor.

Most of those surveyed said that the first 40 years of life were the best. But it was unmarried adults who were more positive about their lives.

Also from the Rasmussen analysis:

Sizable majorities of adults in virtually every demographic category regard their lives as good or excellent, but whites are likely to feel that way more than blacks and other minority Americans. Men feel more strongly than women that their lives are excellent. Unmarried adults are more positive about their lives than those who are married.

Interestingly, while Americans in general tend to view age 65 and older as the worst years for most, senior citizens are the most positive about their lives. Those under 40, however, are a bit more likely to describe their lives as excellent.

Adults under 40 are more positive - and more negative - about those years than Americans in older age groups.

They say money can't buy happiness, but generally speaking, the more one earns annually, the better they rate their life.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com