Written by : Paula Felps 

How Happiness is Changing in the U.S. With Dr. Lara Aknin

Each year, the release of the World Happiness Report gives new insight into global well-being. On this episode, host Paula Felps talks with Dr. Lara Aknin, a distinguished professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University and one of the editors of the report. Lara explains why the U.S. fell out of the top 20 happiest countries for the first time in the report’s history, which age group is thriving in the U.S., and shares some encouraging findings about how benevolence is changing worldwide.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What age group is happiest around the world — and how it differs in the U.S.
  • What is driving unhappiness among America’s young people.
  • Good news about well-being and dementia.


Links and Resources:

  • Download the World Happiness Report here.
  • Read more about the disparity between happiness for young people and older people in the U.S.
  • Follow Lara Aknin at @lbaknin
  • Follow the World Happiness Report on LinkedIn and X.
  • Follow along with the transcript by clicking here.


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