The percentage of Americans who consider themselves to be "thriving" increased in November to 52.2 percent, ending a five-month decline, according to an analysis by Gallup Inc. Forty-four percent of Americans rated their lives such that they were considered "struggling" and 4 percent were "suffering." The percentage of Americans who rated themselves as thriving peaked at 54.2 percent in May, but then dropped over the next five months. It bottomed out at 50.3 percent in October, the lowest percentage since early 2009, amid the economic recession. The recent agreement to end the partial federal government shutdown may have relieved some of the uncertainty and increased optimism, the polling organization said.