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The ‘sandwich generation’ faces pressure as the world ages — here are 3 tips to prevent burnout


Not only will there be new challenges for the world’s current systems and economies, it will also largely impact future generations.

“There’s this tendency in the welfare state to sort of outsource the elderly care,” Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University told CNBC Make It.

That tends to lead to issues of isolation, elderly people feeling useless, whereas there’s so much to offer the society and the younger generations.”

Why are workers so sad? These researchers offer clues – and recommendations

Fast Company

Layard cites his research, along with studies by George Ward, an economics research fellow at Oxford University, and Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor of economics and behavioral science at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, which demonstrates the impact of worker well-being on individual- and firm-level performance. 

While more conservative economists prioritize quantifiable measures like income, rather than subjective emotions like happiness, Layard says “we should be measuring the benefit of a policy not by its effect on income, but by its overall effect on well-being.” The professor cheekily rejects the idea that studying wellness is not a hard science. “We are the hard-headed ones and they are the softies,” he argues. 

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.”

US no longer in top 20 of world’s happiest countries and is now behind Kuwait, Lithuania, UAE

ABC News

“In the top ten countries only the Netherlands and Australia have populations over 15 million,” according to the report. “In the whole of the top twenty, only Canada and the United Kingdom have populations over 30 million.”

Finland Is Happiest Nation Again, But US Slides Down the Ranking


Among specific age groups, Lithuania topped the ranking for children and people under 30, while Denmark is the world’s happiest nation for those 60 and older.

“In comparing generations, those born before 1965 are, on average, happier than those born since 1980,” the report said. “Among Millennials, evaluation of one’s own life drops with each year of age, while among Boomers life satisfaction increases with age.”

Led by Its Youth, U.S. Sinks in World Happiness Report

The New York Times

Americans have long been an unhappy bunch. They have never ranked in the Top 10 of the World Happiness Report, which is based on how respondents in different countries rate their own happiness.

But this was the first time that the consortium separated results by age, finding disparities in the views of younger and older Americans. Among the 143 countries surveyed, the United States ranked 10th for people 60 and older, but 62nd for people under 30. The happiest young people are in Lithuania, while the unhappiest are in Afghanistan.

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.”

U.S. drops in new global happiness ranking. One age group bucks the trend


How happy are you? The Gallup World Poll has a simple way to gauge well-being around the globe.

Imagine a ladder, and think about your current life. The top rung, 10, represents the best possible life and the bottom rung, 0, represents the worst. Pick your number.

Researchers use the responses to rank happiness in countries around the globe, and the 2024 results have just been released.