They cover what’s uniquely American about the pursuit of happiness (mostly, that we’re free to try and actually pursue being happy) and explain just how stupid we are for usually looking for it in the wrong places. But, there’s a catch. Even when we do look in the right places, it’s harder than ever to achieve happiness, they say, because the world has become just too fast-paced and frenetic.
That last point is debatable, but the story is worth a look for anyone who could use a little more joy in their life. And that’s all of us.
Time also did a poll, asking just how happy we are. Some highlights:
- Since 2004, the percentage of Americans who identify themselves a optimists has dropped from 79 percent to 50 percent
- 60 percent said that they do not feel better about themselves after spending time on social media
- 76 percent believe other people make themselves look happier than they actually are on their Facebook page
Some other stories that caught our eye…