Originally posted by spruce112358
I ignored this article because of the title. It's actually about 'happiness research' not about the actress:
"The United States is much richer than it was 50 years ago, but this has produced no measurable increase in overall happiness. On the other hand, it has become a muc me chance to get there; they just happened to have better skill, better luck, etc.)
I don't buy the concept of "happiness research." Well, maybe for amusement, but as a driver of social policy? No, thanks.
People claim to be unhappy in surveys largely based on what the media tells them they ought to feel. A couple of hundred years ago, if you had food on the table and shelter over your head, you probably would have claimed to be happy.
Today, the various media we're constantly bombarded with are constantly telling us that we shouldn't be happy if we don't have the very latest gizmo that the Jobs machine has just cranked out or if we're not completely fulfilling all of our sexual fantasies all the time.
In today's western society, we are richer, healthier, live longer, have more access to creature comforts than ever before. But, we're told to worry more and we're told that we can't possibly be happy by politicians and profiteers who want to exploit the innate human greed for more, more, MORE! We're told such banal canards as that we're victims of predatory banks if we're in debt, that the IRS is out to get us, that we're unsafe if we drive cars whose faulty component might cause one death per ten million and that terrorists, who have killed a few thousand people in a decade, are a threat to our lives and our families and, oh, of course, that we always "deserve" more than we have.
So, we claim to be unhappy. And, you know what? Maybe be are; but it sure as heck is not based on poor government policy or income inequality.