A BBC poll that places Britons in the ‘bleedin unhappy’ bracket. Hardly a shock. We’re working harder than ever for a longer time than ever and the retirement age is pushed ever further back.
So much for the 50′s view that technology would liberate us and we’d have masses of free time.
The proportion of people saying they are “very happy” has fallen from 52% in 1957 to just 36% today. … The story of wealth failing to translate into extra happiness is the story of the Western world.
In almost every developed country happiness levels have remained largely static over the past 50 years – despite huge increases in income.
What the happiness research suggests is that once average incomes reach about Â£10,000 a year, extra money does not make a country any happier.
So stuff and wealth don’t make us happy. Is anyone surprised by this? I’m certainly not.