There's the assertion "Healthy, happy people don’t feel like they need much they don’t already have, and that means they don’t buy a lot of junk, don’t need to be entertained as much, and they don’t end up watching a lot of commercials..."
Can anyone cite the research regarding healthy happy people? I guess they mean Norwegians, who last I heard, were pretty darn happy (and yet quite heavy drinkers, which might qualify as addiction possibly?)
I'm not refuting that yeah This Modern Life Sucks™ and Wouldn't It Be Better if We All Had Inheritances And Trust Funds So We Could Live Our Dream of Inventing Useless Stuff with a 3D Printer Which Nobody Will Use And Writing Scathing Articles About How Dissatisfactory It All Must Be for the Common Man While Still Being Able To Afford To Send Our Kids to Private School™.
But that said, so long as I must live here in the States, there's absolutely NO other time in its history I would rather be alive than right now. Good lord, life sucked for everyone on this continent for a long time, unless you were wealthy, white, and somehow didn't die from the Clap early on.
And, with the worldwide economic recession, there will probably be no country immune from the same 40 hour problem.