The Progress Paradox
I read a book titled “The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse” by Gregg Easterbrook. A quick summary of the book is that we have made great strides in our cultures. People are living longer and healthier, we have more disposable income and free time than ever before, our homes are bigger and we have more televisions that we did 50 years ago. But for all our progress we have made with quality of life, happiness has not risen. The author showed “happiness” overall is at the same level it was when families shared one television, kids shared bedrooms, and people did not live as long or as healthy. Curious isn’t it?