The United Nations' 2018 World Happiness Report
emphasizes how happiness isn’t necessarily linked to economic growth
– a decoupling first suggested in the 1970s called the Easterlin Paradox.
In the US, income per person has now risen about 300%
since 1960, while measured happiness has failed to increase at all
GDP per capita in the US and most developed countries continues to increase while happiness levels are now actually falling
, according to the latest Report.
“America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis. Almost all of the policy discourse in Washington, D.C., centers on naïve attempts to raise the economic growth rate, as if a higher growth rate would somehow heal the deepening divisions and angst in American society.” - UN 2018 World Happiness Report