Growing Economy, Miserable Citizens: Why Are Rich Countries So Unhappy?

Despite economic prosperity, numerous wealthy countries are grappling with a disconcerting paradox: widespread unhappiness among their citizens. While material wealth and technological advancements have burgeoned, many individuals feel disconnected, isolated, and lacking a sense of purpose. Factors contributing to this paradox include the corrosive effects of income inequality, the erosion of social safety nets, the constant pressure to succeed, and the pervasive influence of consumerism. The pursuit of economic growth, often at the expense of environmental sustainability and social well-being, has led to a society where individuals feel increasingly alienated and devoid of genuine fulfillment.