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Diving into the American happiness gap (Rebroadcast)

Minji Park smiles after he got a kiss from his 15 month-old daughter Danbi (R) while his wife takes their photo under blooming Cherry trees near the tidal basin in Washington, DC.
Minji Park smiles after he got a kiss from his 15 month-old daughter Danbi (R) while his wife takes their photo under blooming Cherry trees near the tidal basin in Washington, DC.

Are you happy?

It’s a surprisingly tough question. Especially for our domestic listeners.

The annual World Happiness Report shows that America has now fallen out of the top 20 happiest countries. Young people are leading this decline. This segment of the U.S. population now ranks 62nd out of 143 countries, behind their counterparts in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Americans over 60 still rank highly, alongside cheerful mainstays like the Netherlands, Iceland, and New Zealand.

Why have we gotten less happy? How does our culture and history affect our view on what happiness is? And is there a better approach to finding happiness?

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Michael Falero is a radio reporter, currently covering voting and the 2020 election. He previously covered environment and energy for WFAE. Before joining WFAE in 2019, Michael worked as a producer for a number of local news podcasts based in Charlotte and Boston. He's a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop intensive on Cape Cod and UNC Chapel Hill.