We’ve Got Everything We Want – So Why Are We So Bloody Miserable?
Steve McKevitt in The Huffington Post
‘We are living through a time of endless choice and unlimited convenience. Whether we’re deciding on cars, mobile phones, holidays or simply which sandwich to have for lunch, the range of available options can be genuinely overwhelming.
Yet with so much effort dedicated to giving us what we want, and enjoying unprecedented levels of income, entertainment, and calories as 21st century Britons, we don’t appear any happier for it.
Let me put that more strongly. Categorically, we are not happy. In the UK, levels of dissatisfaction with modern life were soaring even before the credit crunch of 2008. Two thirds of 15 to 40-year-olds, enjoying the highest living standards since records began, felt depressed or unhappy during these so-called ‘best years of their lives’.
When asked, fewer than half the British population agreed with the statement ‘most people are satisfied with their lives’.’