Unhappier, despite being richer

In his book, ‘Britain on the Couch: Why we are unhappier Compared with Nineteen Fifty, Despite Being Richer,’ psychologist Oliver James points out that considerably more people today suffer from depression than fifty years ago and that depression is now the rule rather than the exception. In addition to this there has been a huge increase in drug abuse, violent crime, and compulsive behaviour; and yet we are significantly wealthier today than we were then.
The truth is that happiness is a by-product of something else. We don’t find it by becoming obsessed with it and by dwelling on ourselves. We find it when we lose ourselves in something bigger than ourselves.
That’s what Jesus meant when he said, ‘Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully.’

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