Why We’ll Never All Be Happy Again

There are two things people need to understand about humanity:
(1) Things are unquestionably getting better over time.
(2) People assume things are unquestionably getting worse over time.
I love this chart from Our World in Data:

This data doesn’t quite jibe with how happy people report they feel today. You can see the trend in reported happiness in the U.S. from The Gallup World Happiness Report 2019:

This chart …