Were You Happier A Decade Ago?
Back in the 60s an iconic cigarette ad for Virginia Slims proclaimed to women, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”
Yet despite all the advances that women have achieved since then, some people think it has been downhill ever since.
One of them is Arianna Huffington, the successful pundit/web entrepreneur who on the surface seems like a poster child for happiness.
“Women around the world are in a funk,” she writes. “It doesn’t matter what their marital status is, how much money they make, whether or not they have children, their ethnic background, or the country they live in.”
Marcus Buckingham, author of the new book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, says that men and women passed each other midpoint on the graph of life.
“Though women begin their lives more fulfilled than men, as they age, they gradually become less happy” about marriage, money and material goods. Men, in contrast, get happier as they get older,” Buckingham says.
Are you happier than your mother or grandmother were? Does having kids contribute, as some researchers say, to your unhappiness? Put another way, does not having children contribute, as some say, to your happiness?