In Australia The Great Sad started with Tony Abbott in 2009 after we dodged the GFC and News Corp declared that was Bad Bad Bad, “Ditch the Bitch” ( OD )
The World Happiness Index is out this year, and the United States is ranked only 18 for the years 2015-2017– lower than Iceland or Costa Rica, and not much ahead of places with real problems like Mexico and Brazil.
And, the US has fallen 4 spots in recent reports.
The US is still the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, so why isn’t it the happiest?
Because although a good income contributes to happiness, power doesn’t seem to, and wealth is only one of six things that makes a person happy (or else millionaires wouldn’t commit suicide).
It turns out that being generous to others makes you happy. Studies have shown if you just help a challenged person to cross the street or do other acts of random kindness everyday, your happiness increases. The World Happiness survey study finds that being welcoming to immigrants is a factor in a society being happy. The Trump administration is making us positively miserable on that scale.