Originally posted by bill718
I turned 59 last week. In the 30+ years I played correspondence chess from about 1989 - 2009, my rating was never more than about 1800, but I remember corresponding and chatting with many people around the world, it always struck me that Americans, despite their material posessions, standard of living, business and educational opportunities, gym club members ...[text shortened]... -other-country/
Unhappiness may be the difference between one's expectations and one's
reality. Americans tend to have higher expectations in many ways (such
as for their material possessions, though not academic performance).
Also, Americans tend to work longer hours and have fewer days of paid
vacation than people in some European societies. Also, many Americans
have to worry about issues such as affording private health insurance.
In general, the United States is a rather nice place to live *if* you have
ample money. That 'if' does not apply to many Americans.