Why are American’s so unhappy?
There’s a lot of theories as to why America is such an unhappy nation. It’s not way down with Burundi, Syria or Togo, but why is it not doing better?
52.3% are unhappy at work.
70% feel uninspired by their job.
So work sucks, no big surprise there. There has to be more than that…
Is it the drugs?
Diagnosed depression increases by about 20% per year.
The rate of antidepressant use has surged 400% over the last decade.
More than 30 million Americans take antidepressants.
American children are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than European Children.
Or the love?
America has the highest divorce rate in the world (by a lot).
Likewise America has the highest percentage of one person households in the world.
Or is the system to blame?
71% of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction that things are going in their country.
All of these factors certainly contribute to the general malaise.
There is a deeper cause, I believe that it is because American’s have psychologically substituted the concept of happiness with that of convenience. Convenience is measurable, tangible, material, demonstrable and requires almost no effort.
Happiness requires pro-active sacrifice and dedication.
There’s little time for that when rushing between your divorce proceedings, the drugstore and your kid’s shrink on Saturday because the boss won’t give you a day off work!