Happiness

There’s a good daily stat available from the Harvard Business Review. Here’s one that caught my eye last week. No doubt it will end up in brainmail at some point.

“Between 1985 and 2005, the number of Americans who said they definitely felt satisfied with the way their lives were going dropped by about 30%, and the ranks of the most dissatisfied rose by nearly 50%, according to a study involving thousands of people by Chris M. Herbst of Arizona State. The reasons appear to be related to Americans’ declining attachments to friends and family, lower participation in social and civic activities, and diminished trust in political institutions, Herbst says. The only good news: The rate of decline in satisfaction appears to have slowed during that two-decade period.”

Ref: ‘Paradoxical decline? Another look at the relative reduction in female happiness’ by Chris M. Herbst.

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