by alyssa bozekowski

Jeffrey Andreoni, writes for adbusters.org a ‘journal of the mental environment,’ his article entitled “Why Can’t I Feel What I See?” asks the question.. What is the happiness that has eluded our generation?

“Psychologist Martin Seligman conducted two studies in the 70s in which people of different age groups were asked about depression. Comparing the responses of different generations, Seligman found that younger people were far more likely to have experienced depression than older people. In fact, one study found that those born in the middle third of the 20th century were ten times more likely to suffer from severe depression than those born in the first third. So statistically, my grandfather is more likely to be happy than me.

I don’t get it. I was the first kid on my block to have a Nintendo. I got a car on my 16th birthday. I didn’t have to work a single day in college (unless you count selling homemade bongs at Phish concerts). My grandfather grew up with nothing. He had to drop out of high school during the Depression to help his family get by, earning money shining the shoes of drunks at a local saloon. Why is my generation, one of relative privilege and wealth, experiencing higher rates of depression than any previous generation?”

read the full article here https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/89/why-cant-i-feel-what-i-see.html

The science and facts he brings up are really intriguing to me, someone that grew up at the end of the 20th century, it brings a sense of clarity and at the same time acknowledges something that I feel is an obvious observation but clearly something most of us don’t recognize. I truly believe creating and simply working hard for yourself and the things you own can be a proponent for a healthy mind and life.