Happy too soon

July 2, 2008

Wait just a second. Isn’t this country going to hell in a handbasket? Hasn’t our own Associated Press told us that Americans are in a mood of dour helplessness because everything seems to be spinning out of control? Then how can this be?

We’re number 16 … in world happiness. Feel the joy. The United States ranks ahead of more than 80 countries, but below 15 others in happiness levels, according to new World Values Survey data released in the July issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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The latest surveys, taken in the United States and in several developing countries, showed increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries for which substantial time series data was available.

You people just aren’t getting it. You’re supposed to stay gloomy and grim as long as a Republican is in the White House. Then, when Obama takes over, you’re supposed to respond to all the cheery press stories about how good things are. Just wait and be patient, OK?

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One Response to “Happy too soon”

  1. Doug Says:

    As long as we’re happier than Burkina Faso, we must be on the right track.


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