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Why Aren’t Today’s Youth Happy?

Psychology Today

In many parts of the world, younger folks are happier than the old. But in the U.S. the opposite is true. Happiness has plummeted so much for the young over the recent past that they are now much less happy than the older generations.

The U.S. ranked number 10 in happiness for folks 60 or older but a startling number 62 for those under 30.

How to Make America’s Young People Happier Again

The Happiness Lab

The US is sliding down the world happiness rankings – but it’s the unhappiness of young people that’s really dragging down the average. What has happened to make Gen Z so sad? And what can be done to turn the situation around?

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (director of Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre) has been analyzing the figures for the World Happiness Report. He offers advice to young people and parents, and looks at what happy young Lithuanians can teach the rest of the world.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Happiest of All?

Psychology Today

The World Happiness Report of 2024 points to childhood and adolescence as periods of considerable importance and a unique window of opportunity for intervention to make strong and positive impacts worldwide to ensure higher global well-being.

The U.S. is no longer one of the 20 happiest countries. If you’re young, you probably know why.

NBC News

“We had picked up in recent years from scattered sources of data that child and youth well-being, particularly so in the United States, had seen a drop,” said Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, professor of economics and behavioral science at Oxford, who is one of the editors of the report. “That has pushed us for the first time to really slice and dice the data by these age categories, which we normally don’t do.”

America’s happiness score drops amid a youth ‘midlife crisis’

The Washington Post

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, director of the University of Oxford’s Wellbeing Research Center and an editor of the report, said in an interview Wednesday that the findings are concerning “because youth well-being and mental health is highly predictive of a whole host of subjective and objective indicators of quality of life as people age and go through the course of life.”

Lithuania has been ranked the happiest country in the world for young people, data shows

Business Insider

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor and editor of the World Happiness Report, said the US falling out of the top 20 happiest countries was “quite astonishing.”

“The young are the ones that have fallen off a cliff in terms of their well-being, and that’s feeding through into the overall ranking score for the United States,” he told BI.

Gen Z already facing ‘midlife crisis’ in their 20s

indy100

One of the key findings from the report is that happiness rankings differ between age groups with Americans under the age of 30 coming in 62nd out of 143 countries.

Editor of the report and director of the Wellbeing Research Centre, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, highlighted the ‘disconcerting drops in youth happiness, especially in North America and Western Europe’ as though it had ‘fallen off a cliff’.

“To think in some parts of the world children are already experiencing the equivalent of a midlife crisis demands immediate policy action,” he added.

A TikTok ban won’t fix social media’s collective trap

Financial Times

This week, the World Happiness Report revealed that in the US, the happiness of the under-thirties has slumped. Since the inception of the World Happiness Report in 2012, the US has always placed in the top 20 happiest countries in the world, but has been dragged out of that club by the misery of young Americans: rated by the wellbeing of the under-thirties, the US now ranks 62nd in the world. (Looking at the over-sixties, the US is in the top 10. OK, boomer? The boomers are indeed OK.)

Young people are the least happy age group in the UK

The Times

Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, the director of Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre and an editor of the report, said the findings on youth unhappiness were worrying.

He said: “Piecing together the available data on the wellbeing of children and adolescents around the world, we documented disconcerting drops especially in North America and western Europe.

“To think that, in some parts of the world, children are already experiencing the equivalent of a mid-life crisis demands immediate policy action.”

World Happiness Report: Young people in the West becoming unhappier

BBC News Online

People under the age of 30 are experiencing the equivalent of a mid-life crisis in some parts of the world, a new report has found.

The World Happiness Report gives an annual ranking of mood across the world, and for the first time has divided the data by age group.

Average happiness of young people is on the decline across the West, it found.